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What In The World Is It?

Can you identify this item from the past?

We would like to use this blog to periodically highlight unusual objects in the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society Museum’s collection, but now we need your help, too. The objects will be posted with only minimal information, so we encourage you to guess what the object is/what its purpose was. The following week, information about the object will be revealed, and a new object will be posted again soon afterwards.

The first person with a correct guess will receive a custom black Sharpie pen marked with a flag and "Happy July Fourth; Millburn N.J." 

The winning comment will be posted along with additional information about the object the following week. The winner may contact us at mshhs@comcast.net to let us know whether to mail the pen or expect a visit to the museum (feel free to pick it up).

The first item appears here, is made of metal, and each is about 3" high.

[Many thanks to Millburn High School volunteer Anna Gracey for scanning the objects and composing this introduction.]

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ChetB April 28, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Is it some type of sewing aid? Similar to a thimble?
Laura Griffin May 04, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Check out Lynne's blog post today for the answer. It is surprising and very interesting!

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