Monday, 19 November 2007
Have you ever been out treasure hunting for something only to come home with something completely different? We went out searching for a second hand dresser to do up at this amazing place near Manchester where all the profits go to the homeless. The prices are incredibly reasonable with big pieces of wooden furniture like chests of drawers and tables going for around 30 pounds.
As soon as I spied this little tin I fell in love with it and so the mystery began. What on earth had been kept in it? Ring travellers? What are they? So I did a bit of research on the internet and found out that Cook & Co were in the textile business in Manchester at the beginning of the 1900's. I got excited because the timing fit in with the art nouveau design on the tin. A bit more delving and it seems that ring travellers are something that are/were used in weaving fabric. Fascinating to find a little bit of history and a fun mystery solved.