Who knows what this is?
It is still inside the closet in “Bridget Sullivan’s bedroom” at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum.
Tim Weisberg‘s Spooky Southcoast podcast episode entitled: “The Real Lizzie Borden” was broadcast shortly after the publishing of Parallel Lives. The featured guests on that episode were Michael Martins and Dennis Binette (curator and assistant curator of the Fall River Historical Society). They help identify just what this is.
Advance to 46.10 to the relevant call in.