This wooden gadget had us stumped but our readers delivered a huge range of potential answers. Some likened the conical shape to a rat guard attached to the ropes of moored ships, while others thought it was used inside socks while darning. Others including Mary Tomkinson, John Wilson, Judi Brettoner, Peter Hulcombe, Sarah Thomas, Anna-Christina Lees and Stewart Ross all thought it was a spinning top.
A more likely suggestion was the weighted end of a plumb bob, an instrument used to gain a vertical reference line. Well done to Keith Brown, Janice Burn, Diana Brownell, Kerry Turfrey, John Kingston and Julie Kapeller.