Thursday, June 10, 2010

What is it?


(the front)


 (the back)

I just picked this up at an estate sale last weekend.  Even though I wasn't sure what it was I knew it would come home with me.  Fortunately there was a fellow treasure hunter there who knew exactly what it was.  I'm wondering if any of you happen to know?  Here are a few more photos...





I'm always in awe when I meet someone who knows how to determine age, provenance, history, utility, etc. which is why I think treasure hunting is so compelling.  It's like living history!
Now go ahead and guess away... I promise to reveal what this mystery object actually is.

21 comments:

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

a letter opener?

La Dolfina said...

No......
You would think so....
It's not obvious, you really need to think outside the box on this one :)

Tricia Rose said...

That's what I thought too...

Is it a scriber? A page cutter? For turning collars?

La Dolfina said...

Ooooooh Tricia Rose you are close!!!

Lumo said...

We used to have a hugely popular comedy tv show here in Finland "The liars' club" on 80's where a "board of experts" were guessing what some unidentified items were. My actress mother in law was starring in it.

This posting is like a new generation take on it...

Hamptontoes said...

Hmm...I was thinking letter opener, shoe horn or knife?

sharon said...

Hi Therese,

This is fun, I love guessing games. OK, you said think outside the box .... how about a tool specially carved from a walrus's tooth for turning the fingers of gloves inside out? or for smoothing a pleated or lace collar?

Will you tell us tomorrow?

Sharon

Theresa Cheek said...

reminds me of a bone folder...I own one, it just doesn't have the indentation......I give up!!

pretty pink tulips said...

I think it's a bone folder...to use with stationery. Smoothing out the folds.

A Perfect Gray said...

my guess is something to do with sewing...

Between You and Me said...

I was going to say a letter opener, but you've already said "no."

Thanks for stopping by and following my blog....gave me a chance to pop over and "meet" you....now a happy follower!

Kathysue said...

I think it is a bone scriber, but someone already guessed that, so could it be a stay(sp?) for a corsett? Hmmmm?????

Kerry said...

I of course have absolutely no idea, but gee it's beautiful and I bet it's really tactile.

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

A folding bone.........for pleated tissue and folding crisp paper. Probably not.....but thought I would try. XO

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

I will say it's a bone fold. Strangely, I just returned from buying one at the craft store. It seems like you and I have some weird connections sometimes.
Catherine

Beach House Living said...

First response a paper folding bone.
Second a turning tool for gloves

Third it's a boning knife used to repair boats!

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Hey there!!!!
First, I want to thank you for finding me, visiting me, leaving me a sweet comment and following me!!!!!
You led me back here and I just LOVE your blog. Your home is absolutely beautiful and so deserving of being in the magazine. Awesome!
Well, my guess is a bone folder. Being that it is real bone (which gave it the name in the first place) and carved with a straight edge and handle...I would think it was used for folding papers. Love it :)
It was so nice meeting you and I really enjoyed visiting. I'm on vacation until Sunday and it was a real surprise to read your wonderful comment...Thank you! :)

lisaroy said...

my guess would be a bone folder for folding paper. isn't it great to find vintage items and learn of what they actually are after the fact? what fun!

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

My guess would also be a bone folder could it be a victorian shoe horn?

You always find such interesting things!

xoxo Beth

La Dolfina said...

Sharon... you are the closest!!!!!!!
A special tool carved from a walrus tooth is correct! How did you know?
It is a page turner :)
I'm impressed!!!!
xo

Cashon&Co said...

oh, I know what it is ! it's an ivory page turner!!!
woo-hoo!! do I win it?

okay, the gig's up. I read the reveal before I read this one. *darn.
But maybe for 4 seconds I had you fooled. LOL ;)