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“What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?”: December 2022

According to the fine print, The Collation‘s monthly Crocodile Mystery is a “series on identifying objects in our collection” so this mystery object sneaks in on a technicality. It is not part of the Folger collection, but it is in the collection’s physical space.1 What is it called, and what is it for? Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Additional fine print: Folger staff familiar with this object are kindly asked not to give the correct answer in the Comments. Incorrect answers are fine.

  1. Or at least, it was in the collection’s physical space when this photograph was taken, before the collection went into deep storage for safekeeping during the building renovation project.