What is it? Game 85

Hooray! It's time for our collaboration with the always excellent What is it? Blog. This week brings us this strange object pictured to the left. Can you guess what it is?

Today being Christmas, the first person (or the funniest guess, if no one gets it right) wins a Free Neatorama T-Shirt! The game rules are darned simple: place your guess in the comment section. One guess per comment, but you can enter as many ones as you can think of. Post no URLs, please let others play.

For more clues, check out the What is it? Blog. Good luck!

Update 12/28/08 - the answer: This was marked "grenade launcher", I've since found that it's a European racquet grenade that's missing the charge and the fuse, it was probably meant to be used with a trip wire to make a booby trap, but if a different type of fuse was attached the whole thing could have been thrown as a grenade. - congrats to SarahW who got it right first!

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My last guess, honestly. Could it be a thing for collecting toll money for boats? They hang or throw it from a bridge on a rope, so someone on the boat can put money in it. Could have been a sign with the price under the nail.
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Put a weight in it and whatever you hit (dust out of a carpet, or meat or whatever) gets hit with more power because of the outward force.

I don't know, could also be used for spanking while shaking a cocktail at the same time. Those dominatrixes can be very efficient.
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Or you use it to pick fruits from bushes with thorns. You need one hand for picking, and with this tool you keep the thorns away and have a container to collect the fruit (or maybe insects or something you don't like near your body too much)
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