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What is this tool?

Can you identify this object? It’s between 6 and 7 inches long. Send your guess, including your full name and the town you live in, to Mary Ellen Wright at features@lnpnews.com, with “Antique Toolbox” in the subject line, or mail to Mary Ellen Wright/Antique Toolbox, LNP Media Group, 8 W. King St., P.O. Box 1328, Lancaster, PA 17608-1328. Mail access is somewhat limited due to LNP employees working remotely. Please submit answers by Monday, June 15, and we’ll reveal the correct answer in LNP on June 25. Antique Toolbox runs the fourth Thursday of the month.

Last month's mystery tool: A matchstick holder

Last month’s mystery tool had everyone stumped. We received lots of interesting guesses, but no correct answers. Jennifer Royer, curator at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, says the mystery object shown April 23 is an unusual, hand-carved and handpainted matchstick holder.

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Last month's mystery tool was a matchstick holder.

The hats that are worn by all three figures are hollowed out to form a cavity and hold the matchsticks, Royer explains. This holder dates to the late 19th century, Royer says, and was a common item in many homes. Now, it’s part of the museum’s vast collection of tools.

Best guesses

Bookend; door stop; candle holder; nutcracker; a tool for crushing spices; coin bank; cigarette/cigar holder and snuffer; cigarette lighter; coin-operated bank; ash tray; whirligig; wood planer; desk pen holder or inkwell.