The tool was used to make marks where decorative stitching was to go
A mystery three-pronged wooden and metal tool that baffled museum staff in Somerset has been identified.
The artefact was found in August by a volunteer going through items for a new display at the museum in Yeovil.
She guessed it was connected to the local gloving trade but not what it had been used for.
Margaret White from Wincanton who read about the tool said it was used to mark where decorative stitching would be placed on the back of a glove.
Margaret, whose mother used to work for glove manufacturer Dents, said: "The tool is used for making a mark on the back of a glove so the pointing went in the right place.
"It was used in conjunction with a turning stick and I remember my mother using it when I was a child.
"My mother helped to make gloves for Princess Marina's wedding when she worked there."
Pointing is decorative stitching on the back of a glove.
Local councillor Sylvia Seal said: "This is what the museum service is all about.
"We are constantly building up our museum collections and with the help of our volunteers we are making a relatively small service achieve a great deal. What a fascinating story."