The Great Unknown: matte cutter?

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AT 7-15 matt cutter.jpgI have attached a photo of a vintage cutting tool I found when cleaning out my father’s garage. I have no idea what it is to be used for although someone thought it might be a photo matt cutting machine. Through any of your venues, could you help me identify this item, please?

The box is approximately 18 inches long and has a slide closure lid.  Inside are three cutting blocks with blades at varying angles, three triangular pieces the same length as the blocks and a long slender piece with holes drilled in it.

There are attachment screws and extra blades in the box.

Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. If you can’t help, perhaps you could refer me to someone else who could.

Thanks so much.

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