The answer to Monday's Guess the Artifact quiz is....
This is known as a “blackjack” and dates back to 1860. It is a small, easily-concealable club made of a leather-wrapped lead weight, attached to the end of a leather-wrapped coil spring. Joseph Moore would have used a blackjack like this one to protect himself while walking home from a long night of working at the pub.
Make sure to look for the blackjack while touring the Moore’s family apartment!
Congratulations to those of you who guessed correctly!