The item is a bamboo cane twisted and secured to make a hoop. The hoop portion is more than a foot across (see the ruler in the photo below for scale), and the handle is about three feet long. As you can (sort of) see in the photo below, there is a twist of wire right at the top of the hoop (there is a similar twist where the hoop meets the handle portion of the stick):
Tom suggested this, in part, because it has personal significance for him. You will hear more of his story in our post as we reveal what this artifact is, so for now take your best guess on Facebook or in the comments below!