Photo: Chronica Domus
I delighted in finding plump acorns that had blown onto our property from our neighbor's enormous oak tree. I viewed these as miniature works of natural art. Often, the acorns separated from their caps and magically took hold in our garden's fertile soil. Sadly, it was my job to remove the fragile saplings before our garden turned into a woodland of its own.
My childhood fascination and fondness for acorns is what initially attracted me to the two inch ebony treen object you see in the above photograph. It was laying in a glass cabinet full of other nineteenth century treasures in one of the shops I visited on a recent antiques hunting expedition.
Asking the shopkeeper to unlock her cabinet so that I could take a closer look at the item, I soon discovered its purpose. I was smitten. Naturally, the acorn came home with me.
I do so enjoy a good guessing game and hope you do too. Can you guess the function of my little acorn? Remember, no cheating allowed through the use of your preferred search engine!