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INK WELL. This is an old ink well. You would dip your feather or fountain pen in the ink pot to write letters. This is why when you read old letters and handwritten manuscripts you often see blotches where ink has dripped onto the paper.

SERVANT BELL HANDLE. This is one of the many servant bells we have across the hall. This handle can be found in the drawing room and would used to call for assistance from the staff. It is connected to a servants bell which can still be found on display in the east wing of the house.

SALT DISH. This is salt dish and would usually be seen with a tiny silver spoon in, displayed on a formal dining table to season dishes. In modern days, most households have grinding salt shakers however in the past this is what salt would be served in.

WEIGHTS.These are weights used on antique weighing scales. These weights are found on the weighing scales in the old parlour kitchen.

LETTER OPENERS. These are letter openers, used to help unseal the envelope without tearing the letter inside. These particular ones are displayed in the library and are still used today.

TOASTING FORK. This tool is a toasting fork. It would be used on a daily basis to toast bread, crumpets or other items oven an open fire as that would be the only way to brown bread to perfection during the victorian era.

WIG HOLDER. Did you get this one? This is a wig holder. We have this hanging up in one of our staff rooms and has caused quite a discussion as to what it is. 

COPPER MEASURING JUG. This is an old copper measuring jug dating back to the 1800s. We have a range of different size copper jugs, all previously used by the kitchen maids in Thrumpton Halls history.

Did you get all eight correct? Or did you get completely the wrong end of the stick?  Let us know in the comments below!

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