W00t! It's time for our collaboration with the always entertaining What is it? Blog. Can you guess what the strange object above is used for?
Game rules are simple: place your guess in the comment section. One guess per comment, please - though you can enter as many as you'd like. The first one to guess correctly and the funniest wrong guess will win T-shirts of their choice from the Neatorama Shop.
IMPORTANT: Please write your choice of T-shirt along with your guess. Visit the Neatorama Shop and take a look at what you'd like, OK?
Write no URL or weblinks - doing so will forfeit your entry. You have until the right answer is posted on the What is it? Blog.
For more clues, check out the What is it? Blog. Good luck!Update 2/22/10 - the answer is: A linstock that was utilized by the gun captain to ignite a cannon, it used a smoldering match rope that was soaked in potassium nitrate. It's missing its long wood handle. Congratulations to Timothy P who got it right first and to Amander for "early Victorian IUD."