THE consensus from readers was that last week’s item was a pounce pot.
Pounce is a fine powder made from cuttlefish bone, it was used to dry ink when writing with a quill. Some suggested sand rather than cuttlefish but for the same purpose.
Anne-Marie Phiĺlips was the first reader with this answer followed by a ton of others including Keith Brown, Coral Brady, Jenny Barnard, Stew Edwards, Willem Halm, Ann Ricketts, Tom Griffiths, Stewart Ross, Patricia McCauley, Peter Hill and Sue Adderley.
The next most common suggestions were a nutmeg grater or a smelling salts’ dispenser.