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What is it? Game 32

Today's collaboration with What is it? blog brings us this strange looking device - can you guess what it is? More clues and another photo at What is it? blog.

Place your guess in the comment section, but please post no URLs - let others play! No prize this week, you're playing for bragging rights only.

Update 8/10/07 - here's the answer:

Intruder alarm, screwed into a door or window frame, a percussion cap is placed on the nipple and black powder goes into the barrel. When the device is triggered, the spring powered hammer hits the percussion cap, which fires the black powder, scaring away the unwanted visitor. It could also be attached to a tree and rigged to a tripwire for an outdoor alarm.
It was a stumper! No one got it right, though "Ye Olde Stapler" is an excellent guess!

A Prockle wedge, used for calibrating shim-tuckers in the krestining phase of base lifting. I worked
as a trable wacker in the Nova Scotia melding pits one summer and wore out three wedges until I learned how to do it right. Never clack-slat to the left of the shim break!

The brass ones were the best, I had to use the malachite models because I was new and inexperienced.
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THe screw part means it's going to stop whatever you're trying to scrape when it butts up against that wood edge when it's screwed in. Odd. It looks like it's just supposed to plane a little off the edge of something, like flooring that's supposed to fit under the edge of a wall.
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It looks like some sort of smasher. The metal strip looks as though it gives a spring loaded action downwards. I wonder if the top is parallel to the bottom for a reason. The nut just on top of the metal strip looks as though it was made to turn.

Hmmm, the size of the lag on the end, where it screws into something, suggests it could hold a bit of weight.

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