Friday, July 7, 2017

Built to Last~ Another Odd Antique

Found this in a little pile destined to be buried.
I nabbed it for no particular reason than as a reminder~
When we can't find what we are after,
we can invent it.
I believe it would be used as a turner like tongs.
If you know otherwise, please let me know.
I love learning, and it's one more glimpse into the past.
It still functions just as it is supposed to.
I haven't even cleaned it/them up yet.
I'll give them a good scrubbing then a coat of beeswax 
and see how they look. 

Also, to see other such items,
just type "Built to Last" it the search field.


  1. I love antiques. As you say, they are built to last. The quality and craftsmanship is impressive.

  2. Looks like on the order of a Blacksmith Fire Cast Iron Fireplace Coal / Wood Stove Tool Claw

  3. found this which is similar:

    1. Thank you! I will look it up. Ooh, aah, how interesting.

  4. It might also be used for getting something out of the bottom of a jar.

  5. what an interesting find, seems previous comments have pointed out what it is for. Will be good to see how it cleans up

  6. I was going to say coal tongs too, but it looks too short. I have some and they're much longer. Could be a black smith tool though.


  7. Wow, that is a very interesting old tool, I enjoyed reading the comments of those who might know what it is. I bet it will look amazing all cleaned up :)

  8. I have one! It was used during canning season to take the hot bell jar out of the boiling water. It seems that it should be a little more rounded on the sides, but the Jar would be "grabbed" by the Zinc lid and lifted.