- By Alethea Drexler
This week’s Thingamajig came with the glass eyes from the estate of Dr. A.M. Autrey. Luckily, the family provided an inventory of the items they donated, or I would never have figured out what these are!
They are stored in a black, lacquered tagboard case, which looks very much like an old-fashioned eyeglasses case, except that it’s just over a foot long. (That’s an ordinary pair of household shears, for scale.)
If you pull off the end, you will find a collection of slender . . . things.
They are quite long and flexible. They are thicker through the middle and taper to fine threads at both ends, and have small bulbous tips.
You can see the tapering and the bulbs better in this close-up.
These are made of a material that once had many uses, but now has essentially none, since we have plastics and nylon to replace it.
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