Leisure => General Leisure => Topic started by: Monkeyboy on September 23, 2012, 20:44:33

Title: Prism shaped stones
Post by: Monkeyboy on September 23, 2012, 20:44:33
I wonder if someone could shed some light on some objects I found when I was a boy, they were about 5cm in length, grey in colour and prism shaped, they looked like they were made from stone and some of the edges were worn more than others, at the time my dad said they were from an old victorian game. Unfortunately I have no idea where they are now.

Thanks and sorry for the random question
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: isleansuz on September 23, 2012, 21:17:15
Any chance of a picture? Even if it's hand drawn..


http://www.canterburytrust.co.uk/catpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/gall16_356b.jpg

Anything there strike a chord?
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: sheppey_bottles on September 24, 2012, 08:37:34
I would like to see a picture also monkeyboy. In the old Victorian rubbish dumps you quite often come across strange objects but have not heard of this one. Normally found are square stone Jacks, marbles and balls of glass and stone. One other thought..could they be from a potteries, did you have one near you back then? Triangular stone blocks were used to hold clay objects off their bases whilst in the Kiln being fired. Plates and pots sometimes have three little marks on the base which are called stilt marks caused by these devices but in a smaller size....just a thought.
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: Monkeyboy on September 24, 2012, 15:23:48
 I will upload a sketch tonight when I am home, I am by no means a budding artist so please excuse the quality. It was light grey in colour and the corners were worn, I will have a chat with my dad to see if he can remember them or if he has them.

They were from an area in the garden where we used to have bonfires, I was digging around like ten year old's used to!
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: Merry on September 24, 2012, 20:27:24
I remember these! They looked like they were polished and the edges/bevels were smooth.

We used to find them in the Featherby Road area and I think they were often in the playground at the Juniors.  There was a Victorian tip on the site (discovered when an extension was built in the mid-70s) and I guess they could have come from there.
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: Monkeyboy on September 25, 2012, 18:05:57

 Sorry about the quality, but this is kind of what they looked like, Merry. I wonder if they are the same thing?
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: Paul on September 25, 2012, 18:26:22

re posted ;)
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Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: Merry on September 25, 2012, 20:25:10
That's exactly how I remember them. They were quite unusual but not so rare that finding one was a big deal.

We used to find little rusty ballbearings, too.
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: linyarin on September 26, 2012, 00:26:07
No idea what they are or were used for but, even from the first post, I recognised them from my dim and dusty past.

Now the drawing has convinced me they they are the same. I have a feeling that they were from a game of some sort as was suggested. If I remember correctly they were of various pastel colours and some were grooved along the longer sides.

Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: JohnWalker on September 26, 2012, 08:27:07
Have a look at these - not the same shape but some similarities with the ribs on the sides.

http://www.dighungate.com/content.asp?id=173 (http://www.dighungate.com/content.asp?id=173)

JW
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: grandarog on September 26, 2012, 08:33:17
Hi John Walker  :)
         Ref your link picture. They are the definitive shape "Five Stones " we had as kids although ours were made of wood. You can probably still buy them today.
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: Merry on September 26, 2012, 21:49:41
The stones we used to see were not like the game stones seen via the link...they were a sort of speckled pale grey colour and completely smooth.

I may have to go back to the alley behind my old house and see what I can find.  Though explaining myself to the Neighbourhood Watch might prove tricky!
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: torpointblue on September 27, 2012, 09:43:38
they are moulds  for Toblerone wrappers  :)
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: JohnWalker on September 27, 2012, 11:56:29
they are moulds  for Toblerone wrappers  :)

Actually, that's not such an improbablity.  I remember the local sweetshop used to dump it's point of sale materials at the back of the shop.  All the window display bars of chocolate etc had a solid stone like chocolate bar inside so that it didn't melt in the window display.

Before I realised what was inside I once gave a pretty girl I fancied at primary school one of the 'chocolate' bars I'd found.  She was really pleased until she opened it.  60 years on and she still ignores me in the street.  No big loss - she's not as pretty now  :)
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: Paul on September 27, 2012, 13:13:49
Could they have been pumice stones?
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: grandarog on September 27, 2012, 16:19:57
The only pumice stone shape I remember resembled a hedgehog for want of a better description. :)
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: TomCat on September 27, 2012, 21:01:44
I remember the hedgehog shaped pumice stones, they had 2 grooves on the sides and one pointy and one rounded end. My Aunty also had a real lump of lava rock that I had to use instead of soap to wash my hands with. It used to float in water and confused me. Mind you this was 50 odd years ago.

Anyway re the prism shaped stone thingys ... I seem to recall my Uncle having a few similar things in his shed. Poss used  for sharpening saws or blades like a modern day oil stone. Just my thoughts.
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: Merry on September 27, 2012, 21:33:02
The ones I used to get were almost polished in appearance.  They were very small, though, about an inch or so long, and didn't look as though they had been broken off a larger object because all the sides were smooth and even.  I think they'd have been too little to use for polishing anything other than a very fine blade.
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: Sentinel S4 on September 27, 2012, 21:53:11
Pumice stone is the only rock that floats. It is expelled during volcanic eruptions.

S4.

p.s. I love the avatar, TomCat. My sides are hurting from laughing too much.
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: sheppey_bottles on September 28, 2012, 08:33:45
I reckon they could be part of something larger, but God knows what, I wish I could think of an answer for you. In an old electrical fire, once the metal rots away, you may be left with bits of brass switching and funny shaped fire bricks that may look odd and look like no relation to original purpose. Fire bricks from a grate or range/Aga? Segments from a stone washboard, internal heat retention from an old gas iron? I am not saying it is any of these just trying to think out of the box.
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: Paul on September 28, 2012, 12:29:42
Batpig droppings?
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: JohnWalker on September 28, 2012, 13:55:59
Could they be kiln spacers for bricks or tiles?   
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: Far away on August 07, 2013, 14:14:25
http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?39992-Are-these-wartime-training-models
Title: Re: Prism shaped stones
Post by: chasg on August 07, 2013, 15:39:11
Elimination pic: pumice stone.