Objects of Mystery

Having seen other collections showcasing a monthly ‘object of mystery’ post I thought it would be fun for us to have a go. Every month we’ll find something rather quirky and unusual from Charles Wade’s collection and give a little bit of information about it. We hope you enjoy these posts!

Below is a photo of our first Object of Mystery, this one chosen by one of our room guides.

large_SNO06112But what is it used for?

It’s official title is a Gentle Shoot or Chute, this one is a Victorian example made of tin. It was used by anglers to keep their bait inside. You would attach it to your belt or fishing equipment and every time you required your bait you would open the round lid and tip the bait out. The Georgian angler would have carried their maggots in a cow horn with corks at each end. We think is a much more sensible idea! It is on show in The Costume Room in the Manor for any keen fishermen to have a look at.

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