well - just to remind you all, here is the object again.
and what is it I hear you cry? why did you use it as a girl guide???
I admit, they are slightly redundant nowadays, but the mystery object is... a tent post hook strap.
when camping (in an old tent I hasten to add, with proper ridge and central beam posts) you would strap this little gadget around a vertical post in the tent, the hooks would splay and hey presto, somewhere to hang bits and bobs away from the damp ground. clever eh?
I don't live in a tent, so what am I using it for?
being lucky enough to live in a very old house, we have a few vertical beams, including an old oak post section with lath and plaster panel in the bathroom, so we have strapped this around the post (therefore not penetrating the timber with screws) and we hang our towels from it.
remember - nothing is redundant, you just need to think hard on how to reinvent it...