What's it?

Here's a little puzzle to keep you busy this rainy Saturday... I purchased this vintage piece the other day and have absolutely no idea what it is! The holder is brass, about 10" long and is embossed with various letters where the holes are for the pins. The larger pins themselves are 6" long, very thick and have corresponding embossed letters on the heads. The smaller pins on the bottom are 4" long. The seller sold it as something that was used at a public swimming pool locker room... but the pins are way too substantial to be used for this. I know pins like this are (or were) sometimes used in the military for marking and identifying laundry... but why such large, heavy duty pins? Any ideas out there?


Blogger Beaux Cheris Creations said...

This is really interesting. Perhaps you took a pin and a towel with you to the showers after swimming...after showering the pin held the towel in place to protect your modesty. This is about the only thing I can think of.

Sunday, June 11, 2006 12:25:00 AM  
Blogger Tatterededge said...

HEEEYYY!!! I hear you are going to AFF!! See you there!! :)

Sunday, June 11, 2006 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger kathywas said...

This is truly an incredible and unique find. My 1st thought was that this might have been used in a sewing or tailers factory. The larger pins may have been needed to hold heavier cloth together, such as canvas. Beats me...but it sounds good!!

I love Beaux Cheris suggestion of using the pins to hold the towel in place...too funny!!

Sunday, June 18, 2006 9:51:00 AM  

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