What is it?: This week’s mystery is sure to put you in a spin
Round and round we go again
THIS week we are going to be brave and go out on a limb. It is a smoother ride (for me!) when we know for sure what something is before printing it. But, the photos of this item were too nice to waste so here goes.
The owner of this piece told us it was a capstan. Spoiler alert! But a Mercury photographer had another idea and after consulting some What Is It? experts it seems that this thing would more likely have been the centre of something completely different.
It was made from timber and is thought to date back to the 1840s. Have you got the answer? If you do send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Next week we will print the names of as many of the fastest respondents to write in with the right answer as we can. And we will pose our next question.