Not spring-loaded.Spring mechanism
Edit: It may be mech of toy, or clock, or...
Nada clue. Close at hand could mean anything in my house."Ok, because I'm supposed to be working I just quickly nabbed something close at hand"
is that a clue, something on his desk Sherlock Holmes?
Could it be a mechanical pencil sharpener Dr Watson?
best wishes - Paul C
Timeless.Mechanical clock? Cheap mechanical watch?
I thought of several clever sounding responses that would've been no help at all so I've restrained myself. You're welcome. No.Can opener?
You use your hands on it but it doesn't drill anything.Hand drill