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    Posted 5 years ago

    Hoipolloi
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    Now then,
    I just know you'll all know what this is, and despite puzzling over it for days and scouring the old Interweb, I haven't got a Scooby-doo!
    I have some guesses though. It is 8cm long, and just over 1cm across. (The coin is a UK £1 coin). It has a bit on the back (I don't know what it's called) that I'm guessing hooks into something like a pocket and it has the word "NATIONAL" stamped into the top. The inverted commas are there too.
    I'm guessing it's a gentleman's accessory, maybe something to hang from a suit pocket? I poked about inside with a cotton bud (Q-Tip to my trans-Atlantic friends) and it came out dusty but not dirty. The inside is lined with little spikes so my guesses are its either a flower holder or a pen holder. Or maybe it's an Iron Maiden for 'The Little People' that live under my skirting boards? Haha.
    Other than those ideas the only "NATIONAL" links I could think of were our National Health Service (NHS) or The Grand National (Big, tough annual horse race).
    Come on, put me out of my misery...please?

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    Comments

    1. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      In a facetious mood... When encounter such a mystery thingy I assume it is an old/vintage circumcision tool! ;-D
      At least this is a conversation piece, and I wish to be wrong!!!
      Lets see what will come out :-P
    2. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      It's interesting Hoipolloi... Letter opener??
    3. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Exist too a "NATIONAL" company:
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_(brand)
      A bicycle device? :-)
    4. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      I just remember seeing National cash registers on one of those restoration shows. Maybe it has something to do with that??
    5. Hoipolloi Hoipolloi, 5 years ago
      Kyratango, hahaha! Brilliant. I might tell my new hubby it is and brandish it when he's been on the Xbox for too long. Hehe x
      I thought it might be a sheath??? for a letter opener but the little bit on the back looks designed to hang from something. The spikes inside would grip it but would scratch it too. I'll ask Himself about the bike part; he's a bike retail manager that deals in bikes and a cyclist. He might be able to compare it to a modern equivalent. If it is I'll have to find another fierce looking collectible to threaten him with.
      Now, where did I put those hatpins...?
    6. Hoipolloi Hoipolloi, 5 years ago
      Sorry Rick55, I left your name out in my last comment. Thanks x
    7. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Hahaha!!! You could buy this for only 2.97€ :
      http://media.mathon.fr/Images/Produitsv2/Amazon/27005_0_1_-Coupe-oeuf-coque.jpg
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      A door jam ??
    9. Hoipolloi Hoipolloi, 5 years ago
      Hahaha! Now you're talking Kyratango!! :))
    10. Hoipolloi Hoipolloi, 5 years ago
      Hi Vetraio50,
      I think it's too flimsy for a door jamb. It's hollow and think it would dent.
      Thanks though x
    11. Hoipolloi Hoipolloi, 5 years ago
      Hooray!! I've found it out! It's called a Tussie Mussie and its for wearing a flower stem in on a lapel or to hold a small posy if you're a lady. Like me! Hehe. Funny name though, hmm?
    12. Caperkid, 4 years ago
      Such a cool unique piece. I want one now. :)
    13. Hoipolloi Hoipolloi, 4 years ago
      It's fab isn't it? I hadn't realised it came apart and there is a patent number inside. I love a little mystery like this one.

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