Astronomy · Unidentified

Accession Number: 2018.ast.55


This is a pink and brown cardboard box that contains two identical small metal pieces. Each piece consists of a fine wire bent into a s-shape, with a ball of metal attached to the top line of the ‘s’. The ‘s’ is attached to a wider metal rod 1.4cm long. On one of the metal pieces, the ‘s’ appears bent.

The box does not appear to have been the original storage location for these pieces. Brown paper tape criss-crosses the box, indicating it once held it closed. This has been torn when the box was re-opened.

Primary Materials:

Cardboard, Metal: Iron Alloy, Other Alloy.

Dimensions (cm):

Box: Height = 3.6, Width = 6.2, Length = 9; Metal Pieces: Height = 0.1, Width = 0.8, Length = 2.

Function: Unknown.


Very Good: The box is in good condition. On one of the small pieces, the metal ‘s’ has been bent.

Manufacturer: Unknown

Date of Manufacture: 20th Century


This object was likely moved from the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill in 2008, upon the sale of the observatory. It was stored at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until 2017, when it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.