One of the things that make collecting so much fun is finding a thing, an object, a thingamabob, a gizmo that just can't be identified. Try as I might, I have not found one these things on the internet and none of the antique collectors with whom I come in contact has ever seen anything like it.
"It" is a whisk broom wrapped around a half-pint size bottle.
Now I can imagine all sort of uses:
The valet who dusts off your clothing and then has access to a quick nip, all the while keeping it secret.
The housewife who brushes up the dinner table and then decides on a short snort -- you know, something to take the edge off.
The old man cleaning out the car on a Saturday morning needs a little fortification -- but not so's the neighbors will know.
Maybe hooch and secrecy are not involved -- but then why keep the bottle under wraps?
It is obviously a manufactured item, with fine tight stitching around the straws, a nicely made cork stopper - but nary a name tag anywhere
What does my reader think?
Help me, please