Sunday, February 22, 2009

Eight Mystery Desk Objects

I was busily working away on the puter this morning (actually, emailing Alan in Florida) when I realized that many of the things on my desk were somewhat mystery objects - unless given the official guided tour.

So I'm now wondering how many of them you'd recognize - without the tour?

Using the number codes ...

... and just to confirm your intuitions and identifications, here're the annotations:

(1) a sterling silver match box, c1880 - you strike matches on the little ridges on the bottom

(2) three cast bronze antique weights, in the shapes of mythical animals - from Laos

(3) a tuppenny piece, the biggest coin I've ever seen - British, 1792

(4) silver figures of gods, sewn onto a woman's head-dress - from Dali, South West China

(5) a tiny old silver cup for drinking spirits - from Kunming, South West China

(6) antique silver buttons - from Vietnam

(7) an old wooden carving - from a window frame, Kathmandu, Nepal

(8) an early C20 silver and brass letter opener - a Japanese novelty item

How did you go?

Remember someone once said 'Honesty is the best policy' (I wonder who that was?)


  1. One Who Lived To Regret It.February 22, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    I only guessed the match box. But it's quite a collection of interesting things.

  2. One Who Lived To Regret It.February 22, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    I don't know from whom the honesty quote originated, but one I like even better is Mark Twain's famous..."Always tell the truth. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."

  3. hey josh

    BTW the first object is a pair of eyes i got in nepal - they are attached to statues of Buddhas - and gives then a very startling appearance

    and thanks for the mark twain quote - i love it

    my grandfather saw twain on a book-reading tour he gave here in perhaps the 10's or 20's - he was a surgeon and twain was the only person he went to see.

  4. In colonial America, to tupp, or tupping meant fuck, or fucking. Does that have anything to do with that Pommy two-pence coin?

  5. hey anon

    maybe in C18 Britain, you slipped the coin in the crack and you got a fuck!

    it's a theory!

  6. Tupping sounds awfully similar to the more modern topping. Perhaps love for sale was available for a tuppence from street urchins.

    So tell me - if you use a cat-o-nine tails on the guy penetrating you is that considered "whipped topping"?

    Alan down in Florida

  7. hey alan

    i'm sure this is an C18 secret society we've stumbled across - now we just have to crack their codes

    the coins were also referred to as 'tuppenny cartwheels' - can we work this into our S & M scenario?

    maybe as the whipper, you were first required to do a series of cartwheels - just to show you had the energy for that good and satisfying whipping?

  8. One Who Lived To Regret It.February 24, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Twain was in Australia in 1895-1896.

    have to share this with you... the validation "word" for this comment is LONSFRAG... isn't that Danish for solitary masturbation?

  9. hey josh

    my grandfather died in the 60's and so must have heard twain much earlier than i thought - as a boy - maybe taken by his parents - given the subject matter of twain's work, this seems quite likely. thanks for clue-ing me in

    LOL re- lonsfrag - like self defrag!

  10. One Who Lived To Regret It.February 25, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Ah...this comment made it. I posted one for the little penis faces and also a really involved one for the two-dudes-fucking questions you asked. So those other two got censored or something?

  11. hey josh

    i seem to be surrounded by mystery objects - hard not to foist a few on you guys - just for the heck of it!

    take care