What Is It? Game 128

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."

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I can't tell how wide it is, depending on the size it could be either ( with the wood handle attached) a lifter for getting canning jars out of the boiling water, or a lifter for picking the laundry out of the hot water. Maybe. Any Large t-shirt.
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it is a piece of an acme tongue carrier that is used to take the strain from the horse's neck- specialized farming tool from the early 1900s..the holes had an axel and wheel between them and another piece would protrude from the hole..

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