1800's pin? Not the usual. -SOLVED

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I'm assuming 1800's, because it has that "look", but who knows.
Three inches long, thin metal. the back has what appears to be a pin /clamp attachment in the upper third of the piece.
It also appears o have the word "Maillard" or "Matllard" in script in the center. Any thoughts?
 

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I have no idea what it is, but wonder if it might be related to the French company ‘Maillard’, who manufactured bicycles and parts/components thereof. The letter styling looks very similar to the trademark they registered in the US in 1966:

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Although that was their first registered trademark in the US, they were founded as a car business in Saint-Étienne in 1909 and then adapted many of the parts for bicycles. During WWI, unlike most of their competitors, they didn’t switch to arms production. By 1947 they were the only French manufacturer of freewheelers, with an annual production of 300,000 pieces from their factory in Dunkerque.
 
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I'm assuming 1800's, because it has that "look", but who knows.
Three inches long, thin metal. the back has what appears to be a pin /clamp attachment in the upper third of the piece.
It also appears o have the word "Maillard" or "Matllard" in script in the center. Any thoughts?
Nice!!! Congrats!!!
 
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Perhaps a candy/chocolate tong, or something related ?
Ladies dining alone was discouraged in the late 1800s, early 1900s.
Maillard's provided a safe and fun place for the ladies to shop and dine.

That sure looks like the same logo. Frustratingly, I did check their trademarks registration but what came up was "Maillard's" not "Maillard". This one (first used in commerce in 1937), so I guess the "Maillard" mark predates that and was used unregistered:

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You guys nailed it. Thanks PNP.
Very odd piece, and odd that it ended up where it did, for sure!
 

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