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    Posted 7 years ago

    CuriousPic…
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    Mystery tools housed in wooden dowel-like case. The wood case is 12 ¾” long and screws open. There is definitely some age on this piece of wood. Inside are six metal objects or tools shown in the pictures. They range in length from 7” to 9 ½”. The are all sharply pointed on one end except of one that has a broken tip. Four of them have a splayed end with four flayed prongs, one two have 8 flayed prongs. I'd just love to know what this is.

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    1. CuriousPicker, 7 years ago
      Any help in identifying this mystery item would be much appreicated
    2. jacko66, 7 years ago
      i think they are larding needles used for cooking

      http://researchingfoodhistory.blogspot.ie/2013/05/barding-and-larding.html
    3. CuriousPicker, 7 years ago
      You are so right. That is exactly what it is, a larding needle, lardon or lardoon. I've found many pictures now confirming that is what it is since I saw your post. Thank you so much, it's just been driving me crazy not to know what this was. Strips of fat get inserted into the body and then you insert the pointed end into the meat, pull it through and it leaves the fat behind as a way to increase marbleing and add moisture. Thank you so much.
    4. jacko66, 7 years ago
      as a chef i knew straight away what it was used for , not used that much any more but it makes a big difference when cooking less fatty food like turkey crowns
    5. lzenglish lzenglish, 7 years ago
      I would have "Never" Guessed this one, and I have done my share of meat cooking! Very Nice find, and thanks for sharing it!
      Wayne

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