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    Posted 5 years ago

    Ricko
    (3 items)

    Can anyone tell me what this is and what it was used for and its origin?
    It looks to be made of ivory, but not sure. 97mm x 11mm

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Look like it might have been a Victorian Stanhope pin holder. A Stan-hoscope.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanhope_(optical_bijou)
    2. OlofZ OlofZ, 5 years ago
      A snuff bottle, perhaps?
      https://www.google.se/search?q=snuff+tube&espv=2&biw=1297&bih=729&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiGm9b4jLnNAhWIJ5oKHWAwC_AQ_AUIBigB#tbm=isch&q=snuff+cylinder+bottle
    3. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      yes.....needle case with stanhope in it
    4. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Ricko ... take a close look in the hole in the end and see if there is a tiny lens with a small image (micro photograph). If you see a lens and image, this is a Stanhope. Here is my post of a folding knife with a Stanhope: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/138013-1890s-enameled-anheuser-busch-corkscrew

      Here is another post of a needle case with a Stanhope. It looks like yours: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/177003-antique-needle-case-with-a-stanhope

      Finally, here is a terrific article written by CW staffer Hunter Oatman-Stanford about Stanhopes: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/secrets-of-the-worlds-tiniest-photographs/
    5. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      OOH OOH! Tell us what the picture is!

      Stanhope - my thing I learned today! And it's not even noon!
    6. Ricko, 5 years ago
      Thanks to all. rniederman was totally correct. Although very blurry I could see some photos inside.

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