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Can you identify this item from circa 1940's?

I enjoyed the Groton Patch's article "Can you identify this Landmark" challenge last week so it inspired me to send out of challenge of my own.

I enjoyed the Groton Patch's article "Can you identify this Landmark" challenge last week so it inspired me to send out of challenge of my own.  In my business we buy estate items and sometimes we come across some interesting items from years gone by.  So take a look at the attached photo and let me know "Can you identify this item?"  Now, in the name of full disclosure the picture does not show one of it's ends... that would make it too easy!

From your friend in the jewelry business... Mark Grader, Grader Jewelers  www.gradergems.com

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Mark Grader July 21, 2011 at 01:58 PM
Thanks for your guess Beth. It's not a letter opener but let me give you a clue. It is hollow and it expands in length. It's use at the time was very glamorous.
B-Mom July 21, 2011 at 02:07 PM
Thank you for the hint!! Opera glasses?
Bill Jervis July 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM
A diamond stick-pin?
Juli Mancini July 22, 2011 at 07:22 PM
A cigarette holder? Dare I say, I used one in my youth as a night club prop.
Mark Grader July 23, 2011 at 11:27 AM
Juli, you guessed correctly! I showed this vintage cigarette holder to a customer of mine and she recalled using one in her youth. She gave me a demonstration of the flare in which it was used! I'm pleased to say that she has long since given up smoking!

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