Does anyone know what this is?

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Does anyone know what this is?

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Purchased at FATC Meet today. Hint: it is not fishing related. Dean and Ed were with me when I acquired it and are ineligible to guess.





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I'm guessing some sort of a grater/sifter type tool, maybe? You would grate from the top through the wire mesh and pour the fines out of the hole in the end. Probably not specific enough, though.
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Hint #2: Ed P’s keen eye noticed that the stamp in the 4th photo appeared to be a bomber plane. My research turned up this 1946 US airmail stamp featuring a DC-4 in red ink, which possibly tells us about when this item was mailed. It was found in a house in Connecticut.


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Tobacco grater?
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Two reasonable guesses, but 0-2.
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Here is a photo from a YouTube video showing how it’s used, even today..



Box to mail a queen bee and worker bees to a beekeeper.
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Interesting! Never heard of such a thing, but then I haven't had much participation or interest in bee keeping. :)
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There is a Heddon beekeepers catalog on one of the tables in St. Augustine. Unreal.
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I recognized it. My wife has been a long time beekeeper.
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