I picked up this rather strange-looking object at an antique-cum-junk store in Ellicott City, MD, a few months ago. It only cost $3, and serves no useful purpose except to amuse me.
But i still have no idea what it’s used for. It fits comfortably in one hand and can be squeezed shut like a pair of pliers, with the two sets of jaws closing and then each closed set pulling away from one another along the plane of the springs.
Anyone have any idea what it is?