A good old rummage around our attics, cellars and garages can often unearth some unusual finds. And without a trusty Antiques Roadshow expert on hand to tell us about the provenance of any given piece, we can spend a lifetime perplexed as to its origins.
And this exactly what seems to have happened to seasoned property expert, Sarah Beeny. Taking to Twitter the host of show’s including Sarah Beeny’s Renovate Don’t Relocate and Property Ladder, posted an image of a rather weathered looking homeware implement, before asking fans what they think it is.
Featuring a wooden handle and a mesh sieve, the item immediately sparked a fierce debate with the Twitterverse as to it’s intended use.
‘Draining curds maybe!’
‘Or it could be a parfait sieve. You pass through pate to turn it into a parfait.’
‘A 19th Century sieve. No idea what for, but It’s oak with what looks like a beech handle!’
‘Is it for making cheese’
Even the National Trust joined in on the action, saying ‘It looks quite similar to this’, linking to a picture on it’s site of a old riddle sieve from Branscombe Old Bakery in Devon.
‘It’s a riddle…. no it really is’
‘Looks like a small handheld riddle (for the jardin!)’
‘Think it’s a garden sieve, potting seedlings etc?’
‘To me it looks like a flour/sugar sifter’
Have you ever discovered an item from the past in your home that you couldn’t identify?