What did you make of the seventh curio? The answer is below. This week’s offering is this wonderfully-decorated oddity. What was its function?

We’re going to take a break from mystery objects for a while so we can focus on putting together an online exhibition. We trust that these eight items of human eccentricity have whetted your appetite. You could follow Buxton Museum and Art Gallery on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for further news. In the meantime, we will continue to post other activities, including the giant quiz and art you can do at home.

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Answer to mystery object no.7: It is a glass globe containing hypnotic crystals. We’re not sure about the science behind this. No one in the museum has been hypnotised, as far as we know. It is just another weird and wacky item from Randolph Douglas’ House of Wonders.