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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 10-27-2017 06:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My friend bought this at the flea market this weekend. We are not sure what it is. It is about 5" long, made in Italy c. 1970s. The business end is a loop that starts to wrap back around the base of the stem and terminates in a fairly sharp pick. Any thoughts?

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 10-27-2017 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The sharp pointy ends makes me think its not my suggestion below ... maybe this will cause someone to have a better answer....

Perhaps a large button hook (or not).

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 10-28-2017 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To untangle your 1970's leather fringe vest?
Just kidding. Does the non-business end open up?

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agleopar

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iconnumber posted 11-03-2017 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So my guess is riding whip/crop that was made for a champagne swizzle stick.... Italy + 70's = shagadellic party on baby!!!

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 11-06-2017 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The non-business end does not open.
I think the pointy tip has some function, to grab something probably. It is unnecessarily sharp to be purely decorative.
A party in 1970s Italy sounds pretty good to me!
I guess this will remain a mystery for now.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 11-07-2017 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree that there's probably some purpose. The sharp end could stab through a fold of cloth, and then you could twist it so that the cloth was looped into the loop part, and you would have a handle pull or raise the cloth with. But what kind of cloth and why? Skirt lifter? Or too modern for that?

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Hose_dk

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iconnumber posted 12-12-2017 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hose_dk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
cigaret holder ????

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-13-2017 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think hose_dk may be onto something although given the vintage of the piece, maybe something a little stronger than cigarette.

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