Can you identify this antique mystery item?

Every week, “Ask Antique Trader” receives scores of inquiries from readers, seeking more information about a recent find, a gift from a friend or relative, or an oddity that’s been sitting on a shelf for years.

We pass all of these questions along to our panel of experts, but once in awhile, we get a question about an object that stops us in our tracks. We want to share these unusual treasures with readers in the hope that they’ll offer their opinions and perhaps enlighten us all.

“Ask Antique Trader” will feature these oddities on a regular basis in the print and online editions of the magazine.

Send your comments to AskAT@fwmedia.com.

“I was told this wicked-looking thing is for digging weeds, but my mother thinks it’s a yarn winder of some kind. It’s well worn and about 8 inches long.”

Any thoughts?

— Posted by Karen Knapstein

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