Last week we asked you what this object was.
Well done for lots of creative guesses and a good use of reasoning. The best answers showed that you had thought about the design and what each part would have been practical for.
Congratulations Blueleopard at Faringdon who did just this!
There were lots of excellent entries and correct answers. Read more of the brilliant answers below and enter this week’s competition here.
I think that this is an old fashioned bed warmer.
-there is a wooden handle, similar to the handle of a frying pan that people could hold rather than holding a metal handle and burning themselves
-it is made of some kind of metal so it warms up quickly
-the metal insulates the water better than some other materials to keep it warmer for longer
-there is a lid that you can open or close to keep the heat until you put it under the bed when you can open the lid and warm the bed up
-it is flat so it can fit in small spaces like under the bed
We don’t see these things anymore because:
-we have better things like heaters so we have no need for this anymore
-our new solutions are better than water underneath a bed because it stays warmer for longer
-things like heaters are much more easy to use then these old fashioned bed heaters, on a heater you flick a switch but using one of these you have to boil the water which is quite time-consuming.