Mystery Objects Fact Sheet Object 1: A dolly peg, used before the invention of washing machines to clean laundry. The clothes would be put into a tub of hot water and then spun around with the dolly peg. They were used in the Victorian period and continued to be used in the early twentieth century. It is approximately 1 metre tall. Slide 2 shows a dolly peg in use. Object 2. A boot jack, used to removed boots by putting one foot on the back of the bootjack to steady it whilst pulling the boot off the other foot using the loop. This example is from the 19th century. It is approximately 40cm long. Object 3. This is a pectoral cross from the Staffordshire Hoard. It is made of gold with a precious garnet stone in the centre. It would have been worn around the neck, possibly by priest or bishop. The cross is approximately 6 and a half cm from top to bottom and 5 cm across. It dates from the 7th century AD. Slide 5 shows an artists impression of the cross being worn by an Anglo-Saxon priest.