Of course you do. How could you forget a mystery full of intrigue and, and, um, and mystery?
It seems my mom and I weren't the only ones stumped. However, you guys came up with some inspiring ideas, from false teeth to hidden cameras but it was Connie from Hartwood Roses who solved the puzzle for us.
Connie stated, "They're part of a do-it-yourself purse. I'm flashing back to the 70's with this one, and I can't remember exactly how they work. I know that the wood parts slip through a casing at the top of each side of the purse, and the strap goes through the holes. All I can bring up is a vague mental picture. Anyone remember this any better?"
Connie, by the way, is your go to lady for roses; be sure to pay her a visit. I plan on reading all of her posts on climbers once I'm ready to plant around the old farmhouse!
Here's what my mom had to say about the whole enchilada:
Hi Connie at Hartwood Roses! I think you've hit the nail on the head! The "sticks" did belong to an elderly lady who made a couple of handbags (as well as beautifully tailored suits)...mystery solved! I know this wasn't a give-away, but if you'd like to leave Andrea your address, I have just finished knitting a dish cloth (thanks to Deb at Homespun Living for the pattern) that I would be happy to send to you for solving the mystery.
I tried finding an image of a purse made with handles like these, but most examples were made with metal frames but I did find this photo.
I believe the black purse, hiding behind the yellow and white handbag in this photo has wooden handles similar to the ones my mom discovered; however, this purse doesn't make use of straps.
Thanks Connie for helping us out and if you would like to email me your address at firstname.lastname@example.org my mom would love to send you a little thank you gift!
~Be well friends~