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Posted 6 years ago


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This item was in a box I bought from an auction, but I can't find any info about it. It is either bone or ivory I think and I thought it as either some kind of tool for writing or needlework etc. Anyone seen one like it please? I love it because of the decoration and it is very tactile. Hope you can give me more info.

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  1. TallCakes TallCakes, 6 years ago
    maybe a stitching/sewing awl/punch
  2. maggiemay, 6 years ago
    Thank you so much for the quick response. AR I have unscrewed the top and although you can rotate it and see through the holes they are mostly clear and others just a bit grainy so no surprise I am afraid. A friend also said she thought it was horn at the tip so thanks for that. Tall cakes you are thinking on the lines I was but don't know how it would have been used . Thanks again, I have anoher item I'm not sure about so watch this space please.
  3. maggiemay, 6 years ago
    AR thanks again for the info, it definitely doesn't have any views through the holes so a stanhope is out, but maybe the fid is more likely. Have had a look at the link you sent me thank you.
  4. tom61375, 4 years ago
    Looks like a primitive tattoo needle.
  5. jacko66, 3 years ago
    could be a lace making bobbin try google it and have a look at different desings
  6. maggiemay, 3 years ago
    Thank you tom61375 and jack066 I am sorry I didn't see your notices until today. I appreciate the help
  7. paris1925 paris1925, 3 years ago
    hi, this is a sawing item, its called"poinçon" in french, i have some example in my second acount here :
  8. maggiemay, 3 years ago
    Mystery solved then, thank you very much for your help.

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