105 Comments, numerous emails, and only one right answer. I love it when I am not the only one stumped finding an answer.
First I want to say congratulations to those of you who (take) and took part of the French Guessing Games. I enjoy when I find something at the French brocante that stumps me and I think will stump the readers of Tongue in Cheek as well. It is not easy to stump you! In the over thirty or so Guessing Games that I have had onmy blog, only one went on for nearly a week. The others usually are figured out within a day.
So what are those things? Well they are not: A cigarette rest, nor something to darn with, nor to chill a drink, nor a weight, nor an ink pen holder. Neither are they something to keep a boiling pot from boiling over, nor a shoe horn, nor a something regarding sewing.
They are not to keep gloves or shoes form, nor placecard holders, nor acupuncture-like therapy things, nor tiny washboard.
Thank you Claudia for explaining the initials: "Brevete S.G.O.G. (Brevete indicates that the design of this item incorporates a patent claimed by Blanchon. Sans Garantie du Gouvernement is a disclaimer required by the government of France stating that it does not guarantee enforcement of the claimed patent. 1844-1968.) Blanchon made 'toy arms'." They are NOT toy arms.
They are not false teeth for a donkey, nor weights, nor something to wedge an amoire or a jar, nor a shuttle, nor a stamp for butter, nor something for a bird cage, nor to crush ice...
Good answers and most of them could work if you wanted to re-purpose this handy tool.
The creative winning response goes to Joan who wrote: "