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What Is It? game 246

Here it is, our collaboration with the always amusing What Is It? Blog! Tell us what this object is, if you know. If you don't, make a wild guess!

Place your guess in the comment section below. One guess per comment, please, though you can enter as many as you'd like. Post no URLs or weblinks, as doing so will forfeit your entry. We'll have two winners: the first correct guess and the funniest (albeit ultimately wrong) guess will win T-shirt from the NeatoShop.

Please write your T-shirt selection alongside your guess. If you don't include a selection, you forfeit the prize, okay? May we suggest the Science T-Shirt, Funny T-Shirt and Artist-Designed T-Shirts?

There is another picture of this thing from a different angle at the What Is It? Blog. Have fun and good luck!

Update: the pictured item is an ink well, the antlers could have been used to hold several pens. THe first person with the right answer was Craig Clayton, who wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! Even he had to make a few guesses before he got it right. The prize for the funniest answer goes to FuzzySpork, who said, "Behold, the Holy Door-Ringer of Antioch! Ask not for whom the bell tolls, the door is for thee." That deserves a t-shirt, too! Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to everyone who played along. See more pictures of this inkwell and the answers to all this week's mystery items at the What Is It? blog.


I have only one wild guess:

a roller for flattenig the folds of a letter sheet...

i think it is not a blotch paper roll and also not a signet roll... but it sems to belong to a writing set

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I believe it is also an early version of a smokless ask tray in that the cigarrette or cigar ashes are put in behind the emblem and the brass door is closed

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It's the patented travel trophy: for those who hunt bucks but can't carry the mounted head about to say they've managed to make the kill! Pocket size for your convenience!

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This is one of the secret ritual objects of the Loyal Order of the Satanic Elks. The object is used to...wait...what's that noise? Is there someone...hello? AIIIEEEE! No. I didn't say anything. I just. (clonk).

Clearly amanderpanderer was mistaken. There's nothing to see here. Move along, and let's just forget this ever happened.

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In 17th century New England, it was common knowledge that affixing the horns of a jackalope to your door knocker ensured no witches would enter your home at night.

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Prior to the advent of aluminum cans in 1957, Jager bombs could only be consumed in highly ornamental (and rather unwieldy) vessels.

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It is an antique magic fortune teller. You place your finger in one of the depressions and ask it a 'yes or no' question. The lid opens up and if the answer is 'no' it cuts off the tip of your finger. Harsh, you say? Ha! Fortune telling is NOT for the weak!
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This is actually an example of a Victorian era mouth decoration, which would be worn sort of like reverse dentures throughout the mid nineteenth century. If the picture were turned round the other way we would see that beneath the antlers on the back is a small hunting lodge style fireplace, and this would serve to improve the interior design of one's oral cavity in keeping with the rustic aesthetics most popular in English society during this period, and would have been an indispensable fashion of the day. The fad soon died out however after several Lords and Ladies began dying suddenly of smoke inhalation at fancy dress parties, and everyone agreed that it was very difficult to make polite conversation while wearing one.

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Dear whatever you are`s, have you never heard of a STAG PARTY? In Victorian times, they were outlawed. So when someone hosted such an event, this cast-iron symbol was placed over the door. Those who wished to attend would circle around to the back of the house, and any authorities that sought to make an arrest would awaken with a headache after the party-goers had dispersed.

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It's a Dragon's Tooth Pod. Put it in the ground, and a warrior in armor pops up.

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Advertisers in the 1900's installed this item near or around billboards to catch a passing male's attention--sometimes holding their gaze for hours.

When 2 were used they were referred to as a "pair of knockers", but individually they're called a "nice rack".

As to the writing on the front face, the letters are Elvish, but the language is that of Mordor, which says: "Hey buddy, my eyes are up here..."

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