There is a winner and many creative answers. Thank you for liking the French Antique Guessing game. It makes my day, honestly it does, to find an old thing that could be interesting for us to figure out.
Yesterday I wrote that the winning response had to state EXACTLY what the guessing game item was used for. Jean first wrote, It is for a thimble". But didn't mention what the holes were used for. Later Patti wrote: "It is a sewing etui. The little cup holds a pin cushion. A thimble and needles can also be stored. Isn't it beautiful?
Later Jean added: "I had previously guessed thimble. Perhaps needles already threaded with different colors of thread were 'held' in the holes on top and the thimble in the wee basin. For use during an embroidery project where different color threads were in use."
AND that is the EXACT Answer!
Jean and Patti please send me your addresses and I will send you some chocolates.
Now for the creative response that is a tough one because I could see it used as many of the things you suggested: Incense, toothpicks, hatpins, spool of thread...
But the creative answer goes to Anne for a butter press.
Thanks for playing! Until the next time I find something that is not a roach clip and yet do not have a clue as to what it is... Enjoy the moment!