Mystery object of the month

Many are the curious objects our forebears saw as common place daily tools. David Thorold, curator of St Albans Museum + Gallery, provided SAHAAS with a glimpse of some of them for the website.

November’s mystery object: letter sealing set

Next time you send a billet doux by email, spare a thought for your great grandparents. Not only did they have actually to write the letter, but in the absence of self-adhesive envelopes, they might also have had to seal it, to spare the blushes of the postman.

Letter sealing set (Courtesy of St Albans Museum + Gallery)

If they were lucky, they might have received the gift like this charming letter sealing set, complete with wafer seals and a crimping tool.

Next month’s mystery object will be posted on the website on 1 December.