A feather duster

Think of a feather duster and maybe you think of Ken Dodd with his multi coloured tickling sticks. But here at Market Lavington Museum we think of a rather more sombre looking item which really is made of feathers.

Mid-20th century feather duster at Market Lavington Museum

Mid-20th century feather duster at Market Lavington Museum

We have this item dated as mid-20th century – which could take it into the Ken Dodd era for his first professional show was given in 1954.

This feather duster is, as mentioned, made of bird feathers. Can anyone tell us what bird they came from?

Can you identify the feathers?

Can you identify the feathers?

This item has been at the museum since we opened in 1985.

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4 Responses to “A feather duster”

  1. Christine Chaffey Says:

    Hi Rog Looks like pheasant feathers to me.

  2. John Buckland Says:

    Pheasant possibly, my guess is Partridge, having been involved in rearing, and releasing many of both in the eighties and nineties.

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