Treasures from Helston Folk Museum

Some of the random treasures discovered in Helston Folk Museum, where I spent a happy morning last summer passing time while my car was fixed.

Surely the moustache cup is due for a return to popularity.

 

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Sailors boot stick instrument

No instagram filters will turn this into a good photo but the instrument itself was quite unusual – a 4ft wooden pole tucked into an old sailor’s boot, decorated with jingling metal bottle tops. Played not only by stamping it on the floor but also hit with a notched stick to make guiro type sounds. Seen in action at Looe folk club this evening. Quite fascinating!