large lid with knob handle is removed, revealing insideturned wooden containersmall box insert removedsmall box openedthree bone or ivory pegs stored inside small boxthree pegs can be inserted into three small holes
dark, round plate with holes removedbottom of container

What Is This?, a set on Flickr.

My mom’s neighbor has this turned wooden box, which was in her mother’s house for decades. No one can figure out what purpose it served, but it clearly served a very specific purpose. It has characteristics of a Victorian hair receiver, or a spice jar, but it just seems too complicated to be either. Anyone know what it is?



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