Human beings have been fascinated with magic and myth. Or like to do something extra special, be it parents or scientific experiments with unforeseen consequences.
History is littered with stories about these objects with supernatural powers.
10 Drake's Drum
Sir Francis Drake was an explorer, adventurer, slaver, and pirate , He died of dysentery in 1596 off the coast of Panama, and his remains were buried at sea.
His effects, however, were sent to his childhood home of Buckland Abbey. Among his possessions what a small leather snare drum, of the sort that would have beaten to signal an attack. The drum is not thought to have any particular significance to Drake. However, along with the drum came a story. It is said that when England is in peril, the drum will beat its own accord as a warning. Francis Drake wants to return from his watery grave to protect his country.
There have been several reports of the drum beating of its own accord. Napoleon is said to have taken it in the nearby harbor. During the evacuation of Dunkirk. It's been said that when the German Navy surrendered in 1918, they were beating a drum, though there was no drum aboard the ship. Whether this was Drake's Drum or some other supernatural musical instrument is unclear. 
Buckland Abbey was strongly opposed to this legend says that if the drum is removed from the abbey, England will fall. Better to be safe than sorry.
9 Busby's Stoop Chair
Thomas Busby was an unpleasant man. He was too violent. In 1702, he was convicted of the murder of his father-in-law and, according to custom, what hanged and then gibbeted at a crossroads. His corpse was directed to be suspended from the gibbet
Near the stoop was a roadside inn. It soon became known as Busby's Stoop Inn. The inn said to be haunted by Busby's ghost. In particular, Busby appears to take exception to people sitting in one particular chair. World War II pilots, stationed nearby, thought the chair was unlucky, and several fatal accidents in the 1970s appeared to be in the chair.
In 1978, the landlord of the inn, out of concern for his patrons, and more or less in a donation to a local museum with the condition that no one should ever be allowed to sit in it. Despite regular offers from ghoulish buyers who want to buy the chair and sensation-seekers who want to sit in it, the museum has refused to sell. The chair is on permanent display, suspended from the wall.
Thomas Busby's reign of terror appears to be over. 
8 The Nantes Cup
The Nanteos Cup, considered to be the Holy Grail, is a wooden cup (or, more precisely, the remains of what is used to make a wooden cup). Originally kept at Strata Florida Abbey in Wales. 
The cup has long been believed to have the power to heal. The cup's poor condition is probably due to the licking of the sick, the lame, and the dying.
The cup was stolen in 2014 but was returned safely to anonymous source a year later. It is not known whether or not it was used for a miraculous recovery.
7 The Hand Of Glory
Whitby Museum in Yorkshire, England , holds the mummified remains of a human hand, known as a hand of glory. The Whitby Hand was discovered in the early 20th century. The house was abandoned in the early 20th century.
Supposedly formed from the convicted criminal, cut from the gallows while the body is still fresh, the Hand of Glory can be used as a candle by burglars, dipped in special wax and set alight. If a finger refuses to catch fire, it means someone in the household was awake. The light can not be extinguished by water or pinching but only by being doused in blood or blue milk. And where are you going to find blue milk? 
The hand was not only a perpetual source of light, but it was cheaper than paying a lookout, which could be useful.
If you fancy making your own Hand of Glory, and you have the right arm of a recently completed job, you will need to wrap the hand in a winding sheet, squeeze out the blood, and put it in a clay pot, adding saltpeter, salt, and pepper (for flavor, presumably). Leave it for two weeks, and then expose it to the sun "in the dog-days." If you are not experiencing dog-days, you could have it in an oven lined with ferns. Not (an actual virgin) virgin wax, and Lapland sesame (an oil from a plant now extinct). [19659002OhwellYoucouldalwaysuseatorch
6 John Dee's Crystal
John Dee was an advisor to Queen Elizabeth I on astrological and scientific matters. Hey what a mathematician and fancied himself as a bit of a doctor. Oh, and he talked to angels.
He communicated with these angels with a special mirror, which he termed his "scrying mirror," and in 1584, according to Dee, the angel Uriel (the fourth archangel and the angel of repentance)
Dee uses his crystal in order to predict the future. (What else would you do with it?) The crystal was passed to his son, who gave it to his doctor, Nicholas Culpeper. Culpeper used the stone in his medical practice, saying that the crystal could heal his patients. 
The Crystal was bought by the Wellcome Trust in 1937 and remains in their collection.
5 The Apotropaic Bull's Heart
In 1892, a chimney sweep must have been surprised when he was a bull's heart hanging inside a chimney. He has been spelled out with surprise. Not only that, but next to the heart was a toad, which was skewered with thorns.
Both objects were thought to have apotropaic properties. That is, they could be evil evil spirits. The idea that the heart would shrivel in the smoke so the evil-wisher would shrivel away, too. Perfectly logical. 
Many people believed that the chimney was an entry point for evil spirits and many protective talismans were placed inside them. The pierced animal heart would have been used to punish a witch who had killed the householder's cattle. The beasts heart was cut out and impaled with "three-headed" iron nails before being hung inside the chimney to roast over a fire made of ash wood (well-known for its anti-witch properties). The smoked heart would then be left in the chimney to protect the home and farm, and the roasting of the heart would cause agonizing and eternal pain to the witch.
4 The Bell of St. Mura
The Bell of St. Mura was, it is said, what brought to Earth by angels. The locals, attracted by its loud clanging, came running, whereupon the bell could have descended from the heavens.
It was concluded that the bell was not ringing Earth is used for a more holy purpose. From that time on, the bell is not annoying, jangly music but instead of all human suffering, which is a blessing all round. Drinking from the upturned vessel is said to be "infallible safeguard" against danger. 
The Bell of St. Mura is now the hero of the Wallace Collection in London, but it
3 The Witch's Ladder
In 1911, the Widow of a Famous Anthropologist donated items found in an attic to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. The string was around 1.5 meters (5 ft) long, with a loop at one end. Feathers had been poked into the string along its length.
This is the only known example of a genuine witch's ladder. The ladder is said to have belonged to an old woman, and what a thought to be used for "getting away," or stealing, the milk from the neighbor's cows.
Unfortunately, nothing is known about how
2 The Delhi Purple Sapphire
The Delhi Purple Sapphire is a mysterious object, not least because, despite its name, it is actually an amethyst that came from Delhi but it is about 500 kilometers (300 mi) away. The stone was donated to the 1944 Natural History Museum in London by Edward Heron-Allen. It was encased in seven boxes.
When the last box was opened, the note that accompanied it, written by Edward Heron-Allen, made that the sapphire / amethyst would become a star attraction. The letter is "in mourning." The stone, it said, was terribly cursed and stained with the blood and dishonor of everyone who had it. Heron-Allen alleged that the stone had been looted from the Temple of God Indra during the Siege of Kanpur and had at least three deaths as well as financial misfortune to its owners. It had even caused a famous singer to loose her voice.
Heron Allen tried to throw the stone away, but it was returned to him. He felt compelled to keep it until his death, locked safely in a secure bank vault, and he left the sentence that he should have given away, along with his letter, and that his daughter must never be allowed to touch it  He finished the letter by saying, "My advice [ . . . ] is to cast it into the sea. I am forbidden by the Rosicrucian Oath to this, or I would have done it long ago. " 
Whether the jewel is actually cursed is up for debate.
1 The Munlochy Clootie Well
Munlochy lies on the Black Isle in the far north of Scotland. It is famous chiefly for its clootie well. There are several clootie wells in Scotland. They are over growing, almost always with one or more trees growing beside them. The Munlochy well is also thought to have a chapel beside it at one time.
A clootie is a strip of cloth which is tied around the branches of the clootie tree. The well at Munlochy dates back to pre-Christian times, when spirits were said to inhabit the well. The Munlochy clootie is believed to be inhabited by the spirit of St. Boniface.
The clooties would be dipped into the well. Sick people often sucked the water from the cloth strips before tying them around the tree, as they were watering the healing powers, or they sometimes washed at injured area with the rag. Those who have not been benevolent.
However, the wells are not completely benevolent. 
You have been warned!
Ward. It's been warned! Hazell is a writer who travels and an occasional travel writer.