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    Posted 5 months ago

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    Anyone know what this is? Found in Granny's sewing basket. Silver plated. I think early to mid 1900's.

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    1. dav2no1 dav2no1, 5 months ago
      Strange little item, hopefully we can figure it out..
    2. dav2no1 dav2no1, 5 months ago
      Is there any markings on it? Does it swivel?
    3. Gillian, 5 months ago
      Perhaps a sewing machine needle for special stitch?
    4. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 5 months ago
      I've got no clue what it really is, but it'd make a nifty pendant regardless...people would prolly be constantly noticing and asking about it...?? ;-)
    5. MaryJim, 5 months ago
      Hi there, Doesn't seem to swivel. Will douse it in WD40 to see if it moves. The ring looks like it is added, so there is a hole that may be used for attaching it to something. Bit pointed to make a safe pendant. Lol!
    6. dav2no1 dav2no1, 5 months ago
      The ring end looks like there's a button or screw there...and that piece may Swivel? And the hook end looks like it should pivot back and forth?
    7. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 5 months ago
      Are the edges sharp?
    8. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 5 months ago
      I’ve never seen any sewing notion like it but if the point and edges are sharp, it might possibly be a device for slicing open very small button holes (where scissors size would be too large for the job).
    9. Gillian, 5 months ago
      Can't be a needle - you need somewhere to thread the (sorry) thread.
    10. clockerman clockerman, 5 months ago
      Ok I’ll hazard a guess. Could it be an internal part of an old sewing machine. I think I remember seeing something similar when I fixed an older machine years ago.
      Or it could be a tool used to repair a sewing machine or the foot pedal. I ll ask around.
    11. Gillian, 5 months ago

      Any takers?
    12. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 5 months ago
      MaryJim needs to help out by answering the questions that have been asked about the item.
    13. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 5 months ago
      Embroidery pieces needs to be squared before they are framed. This item, if it’s heavy enough, could be a plumb bob so the fabric could be assessed and marked for making it square.
      If a picture of all sides would be posted and an actual measurement posted, maybe that would help. I have 2-3 different sizes of paper clips in my desk, so I’m not clear on the size of the device.
    14. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 5 months ago
      If those 2 “wing-like” pieces toggle back and forth, they could indicate something is level.
    15. Gillian, 5 months ago
      Not enough information me thinks. What happens if the point is pressed down on, something hard like a piece of wood say, as Watchsearcher asks do the side pieces move up, down, left or right. Dimensions pleeeeeeease.
    16. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 5 months ago
      Maybe a yarn or thread cutter if there’s a gap at the points large enough to slip the yarn or thread thru...and if there are sharp edges. That kind of design for trimming threads would be safer than pointed scissors.
      Since there’s a loop on the end, it could have been attached to a sewing chantelain.

      Again, more info is needed from the poster of the item.
      If it’s any of the things I’ve suggested, I want one!! I might be a handy thing to have.
    17. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 5 months ago
      Maybe a little handy necklace gizmo for a fisherman to cut fishing lines....and it just happened to be in with the sewing items.

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