On this page: A few of the daft things I have collected over the years. Completely pointless, but I like them, and this is my page, after all.
An elegant strainer
I bought this in a charity shop - it's a little strainer about 20cm long. What appealed to me was the unusual oval shape. I have never really worked out why it departs from the norm of a circular rim! But it's quite nice to sift small quantities of sugar or flour.
Left, you see Satan's pickle fork. This spectacularly useless item is handsome in a devilish way, but brass is a ridiculous metal to use for something designed to be dipped in vinegar! I imagine it would be bright green after one or two uses, not to mention making the pickles taste metallic.
Right, two mismatched, battered, but I think charming, pieces of fruit cutlery. I was rather taken by the dainty ridges on the cream handle of the fork, and the rich tomato-red of the knife handle.
These two treasures came from a charity stall at the Uplyme Horticultural Show back a few summers ago. I also bought a Bluebird toffee hammer (remember those?), a glass jug that turned out to be Roman (!) and some assorted dessert knives for modelling in pottery.
A tiddly egg-box
Aaah - a small but perfectly-formed egg-box from the local Co-op. There is something visually appealing about this symmetrical, and I think dinky, egg-box. (UK residents will know that we still buy things like eggs and bread rolls in dozens and half-dozens, though our duodecimal currency was replaced in 1971. I guess continental European eggs come in tens but not fives?)