This item was in a cartridge collection that I acquired about 20 years ago. I have been taking it to gun shows for that many years trying to find out what it is. From looking at the ends it appears to be a roll of thin foil. Markings are:
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Patented, November 10, 1874
H. H. SCHLEBER & CO.,
I can find nothing under this company on the web but there was a patent on November 10, 1874 (RE6130) to S. W. Paine for Improvement in shot-cartridges.
Maybe this item has nothing to do with cartridges, but hope someone can give me some info. Thanks & Happy New Year!!