Feeling clever? Historically clever?
Then let’s play What the Heck is That? the game where I show you some 19th century object, and you get to try to guess what it is.
Are you ready? Then here it is:
What is it?
This little metal 19th century whatchamacallit measures 5 inches long and 2 inches at its widest. The black cord attached to it is 3 feet, 10 inches long and has a loop at its end. I am not quite sure of what the material is—perhaps steel, as it is quite sturdy, or maybe German silver (an alloy of nickel, copper, and zinc.)
As you can see from the pictures, the little circular piece with a daisy on it slides up and down the shank, permitting the object to open and close quite securely. The flat disks at the bottom which almost meet when the object is closed have what looks like desiccated rubber pads with a somewhat worn but still noticeable raised “tooth” pattern on their insides.
Care to venture a guess on the identity of this very useful (at least to a 19th century lady) item?