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Our readers have been sending us their “What’s it Wednesday” treasures and many have even stumped us! Please help us identify this unknown object.

Our reader wrote: "I am an avid fan of the “What’s it Wednesday” feature of the newsletter. I’m hoping someone can identify this item. Attached is a photo. It has moveable parts and I’m not sure if it’s ivory, Bakelite or wood. Maybe it’s some kind of fingernail tool? It was found in a jewelry box in my mother-in-law’s cedar chest."

We’re stumped, too. If any readers know what this is, please let us know!

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#19 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!silvertwinki 2019-10-12 15:01
Folk art :0)
#18 what's itlagragra 2019-10-11 01:30
it looks like a tool that has multiple uses. A letter opener a can opener-like they used in the military, etc and when folded together looks like a person
#17 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!skatyeight 2019-10-10 08:33
The bottom part does look like nail tools, but I can't quite make sense of the top part if it is pivoted upward.
#16 julieplastic1224 2019-10-09 23:26
Some kind of ancient tool for scrapping hide of some animal. An Indian tool.
#15 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!Jonandnancy71 2019-10-09 22:19
Sewing tool
#14 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!7methusala7 2019-10-09 22:16
“Our to Lunch” sign to be placed in window indicating the time returning, and top rotator indicating AM/PM
#13 Ivory and ??flash472002 2019-10-09 22:13
Maybe a hand-made ivory net-repairing tool.
#12 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!silvergirl28 2019-10-09 22:07
Jewelry holder
#11 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!nanette 2019-10-09 20:41
Sewing tool used to crisp up the corners on a seam
#10 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!Kristi888 2019-10-09 19:00
thread snips?

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