CAN ANYONE Identify This ?? Please

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  1. cuthbert

    cuthbert New Member

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    Hi,

    Does anyone know what this is? I'm not an expert (no knowledge :)) on clocks or watches but thought it may be some sort of watch tool? It says on it TERRY'S PAT and on the other side it says TERRY'S
    Perhaps Eli Terry?
    It is very tiny, only 25mm long
    Thank you in advance :)

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  2. Kevin W.

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    Does not look like any clock tool i have seen.
     
  3. Peter

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    The original 'Pocket Fisherman' ?
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    Maybe used to get the little moth legs apart to gather mothballs?:rolleyes:, Haven't a clue.
     
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    looks like an antique shoelace puller
     
  6. doug sinclair

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    #6 doug sinclair, Mar 6, 2011
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    Looks to me like a "necessaire" which was used in earlier centuries by ladies (and gents) for smelling salts/perfume, etc. If you "Google" necessaire, you'll find that this is a very general term applied to what, today, might be considered a manicure/pedicure set as well. Generally described as a box with a hinged lid. But if you look for an "antique silver necessaire", you'll find there are many such small cases used for "cosmetic" purposes that closely resemble the subject item. Many, of course, made of engraved silver, and much prettier.

    I suspect the hinged hook arrangement was used to grasp a cotton wad which has been immersed in smelling salts, and was used to insert and remove this cotton wad from the case. Anyway, that's my take on this. By the way, I ran into one of these on Friday of last week, I knew what it was used for, but I didn't know the name. So I researched it to find out what it was called. :) 86227.jpg
     
  7. cuthbert

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    Absolute Genius!! Thank you so much :D

    Although small enough for a moth :)
     
  8. Dave B

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    How do you kno......um.....nevermind. I don't think I'm ready for that story. :D
     
  9. doug sinclair

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    Other possibilities aside from a possible repository of moth.......ahem.....body parts :D might be an etui (needle case) or snuff box. Google "antique silver snuff box", and a banquet of possibilities opens up.
     
  10. tom427cid

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    I have sometimes seen similar identified as a match safe-the strike any where variety-to keep them dry.
    I think the smelling salts is a better id,maybe the match safe came after.
    tom
     
  11. doug sinclair

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    I thought about a match safe as well. But I think it is too small for a match safe, being about one inch (25 mm) in length. I suppose it might even lend itself to use as a pill dispenser. I wonder if there is a searchable patent number on the subject item which might lead to the name TERRY that is on it?
     
  12. Dave B

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    All of the match safes I have seen had a flat side with grooves either cut or stamped into it, to provide a place for striking the match. Like this one. 86659.jpg 86660.jpg
     

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