What is this for?

LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,482

I found this in my garden when we moved in and have kept it but have always been puzzled by it. It has four indents but no drainage. I wondered about growing houseleeks in it. But what do you think it's intended for? 

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PS Each indent is about 2.5 inches square.

PPS I know it needs a wash

Last edited: 17 May 2016 16:54:53

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  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,482

    Thanks for trying, but that's definitely underneath - just wanted to show how it's constructed. The underside is very 'unfinished' in comparison to the top.

    It's a mystery! 

    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,038

    Antique egg poacher?

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,236

    There's been a lot of care and thought in the manufacture. 

    Aspic mould for little individual terrines?

  • DyersEndDyersEnd Posts: 730

    Could it be filled with ice and then stand 4 pots of something on it once it's turned over?

  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,482

    So maybe not a garden thing at all?

    Seems you're all as baffled as me! I had hoped someone would just come on and say "Ah, haven't seen a terracotta thingummywidget for years, terribly useful for propagating latinus latinus, don'tcha know".

    Might put blotting paper in the indents and grow some cress.

    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • BLTBLT Posts: 525

    Hmmit looks a bit like a drainage base for a large planter, are there not pottery marks on the base??image

    Last edited: 17 May 2016 22:06:48

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 18,145

    Give it a good scrub and use it as a candle holder on your garden or kitchen table.

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