As times change, things that were considered quite normal before can now be looked upon with a critical eye. As we learn things techniques go through a metamorphosis and the new understanding leads to a change in procedures and means. This is the advancement of society.
Join us today as we head back to our long running photoblog series “The Antiques Toad Show” where we take a close look at some of the antiques and artifacts on display at the Metchosin Pioneer Museum. We are blessed to have such a great family in the Mudpuppy’s, and specifically The Curator, who gave us an opportunity to spend an afternoon inside the museum in private where we spent hours photographing the items. It was an experience we will never forget.
Now, my background is in computer science and photography, and as such I have pretty much no clue as to what we’re looking at here today. I can only surmise… and am probably wrong. Actually, in some cases in today’s post I actually hope I’m wrong.
I am very skeptical that medieval tools of torture would be on display in such a lovely little community museum, but at the moment I have no other explanation here. No wonder people avoided doctors and dentists so avidly in the past. Going to visit one of these specialists who in turn pulls out tools like this had to result in a rather unsettling feeling.
Who’s hands used these implements, and what were their stories? Each of the wear marks represents an event, and given the rich textures on this implements you would have to surmise that the stories would be plentiful and fascinating, to say the least.
Once again, I have no clue as to what we’re looking at here, but I can honestly say I am rather happy not to be on the receiving end of this…
When you consider how delicate man, animal and nature truly is, sometimes it’s hard to imagine that we’ve made it this far, really. The early colonial settling of Vancouver Island must have been quite the experience for the people who came here to dense forests and powerful oceans. When you actually ponder what everyone went through in the early efforts, you can easily see how dangerous things must have been in those days. Accidents were aplenty and strange unknown diseases affected many.
Some of the wear marks and natural weathering we found on the antiques on display at the museum were fascinating beyond words. This magnifying glass may be very old in today’s standards, but it still has function as a working device. The machining of this item is made more magical with the consideration of the times it was created in. There were no CAD systems to do 3D modelling, there were no lasers to cut dies and tolerances were much higher back then due to intricacies in the manufacturing process. Yet, today this glass remains as solid and useful as it was the day it was made.
Now, this isn’t my first rodeo around these here parts, but I have to admit I have no clue what we’re looking at. I just loved the natural weathering found in the leather satchel that holds these implements together in a collection. The tools themselves have plenty of wear marks, leading me to believe they are both well-loved and full of history.
These sorts of things make my blood run ice-cold. So, instead of thinking that we are looking at olden-thymes torture devices, let’s instead think of them as antique tongue depressors. Much easier to digest.
I think for me, the fascination of the boxes and containers used to hold these devices has as much interest as do the actual items themselves. Today, everything is shipped in shrink-wrap and plastic boxes, devoid of any character. This box used to hold these items has just as many stories to share as the antiques it holds, and is also full of rich personality. Who’s hands opened and closed this box countless times to access the items within? These are questions that truly linger.
The mystery behind this specific device is really something else. Again, we see an item here that was designed and manufactured in a time when things like this were considerably more challenging. All these years later, it still looks to be in fairly good shape and is probably quite operational. With a bit of a cleaning, of course. This only adds to the interest, though.
As times change and we reflect on our past, it’s quite natural to take for granted many of the modern things we find ourselves surrounded by. But, all these things came to be due to someone finding a problem and trying to solve it; such is human nature. Through the act of learning and study, we find better ways to solve these problems, and parallel advances in other fields help to facilitate the design and manufacture process. This is what we call progress, my friends.
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