Carpet beater. I was ever so pleased to find this simple tool at a vintage market in Winchester and got it for a song. Any English period film worth its salt has a carpet beater somewhere in it.
Not much more than an ornately bent bit of green wood, it forms an excellent shape for knocking the dirt out of a rug. Rather a good thing to do, deeply satisfying. Those Victorians again. Our front door mats need a regular and thorough beating to kick the country mud out of them by the middle of a mucky spring like this one. Of course, the carpet beater has a darker history, of corporal punishment, one of those traditions we’ll happily let go of!