Mystery Scissor Thing
June 12, 2007 12:14 PM Subscribe
What is this thing
posted by Bizarro to grab bag (8 answers total)
My uncle inherited a strange collection of old metal devices from his mother. It looks like she went to antique stores, or garage sales and bought every weird looking metal thing she could get her hands on. We were able to determine what a lot of them were, but this one baffled us.
It operates like a pair of scissors, but the hinge is spring-loaded to stay closed. On one side of the scissors, there is a hollow box with one side open. There is also a large pointed part coming off of that, much like if it actually was a pair of scissors. On the other side, is a flat part, like the missing side of the box was taken off and welded there. When it's closed, the flat part fits inside the box flush against the back.
Even though it operates much like scissors, it doesn't seem like it was intended to cut anything.
We didn't have much time to look through everything and get pictures, so this is the only mysterious thing that I've got. I told my uncle that I would see if the power of the internet could determine what is was.