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Tools and Hardware4547 of 9510circa 1890`s cast iron scale ( I think)LF&C Picnic Set - One-armed-man's knife - ca. 1900
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    Posted 6 years ago

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    This item has the words KEZ'L HOOK ptn. apld for.
    It is 5 1/2' from top of hooks to bottom of wooden handle.
    The handle is 3" long, the rounded metal that goes into the handle is 4" wide, the hooks are 1" bent. The metal used on this item is quite thick, heavy duty , 1/8 inch thick. The wire goes into the handle, but I'm not sure if it goes all the way through. It could, one end could go through handle, be curved up and made even at the top. Then the metal makes the open loop where your hand would fit. The wire is then twisted very tightly 9 turns and the last 2 1/4 inches are shaped into hooks. Does anyone have an idea of what this is and what it was used for. I had it in my antique booth for about a year with the tag say "What Am I?", but never found anyone who had ever seen one before. Suggestions given were: "if you had stacking crates like milk bottles came in and you wanted to stack them, they could not have a attached handle, so perhaps this was used to carry the crates and then removed for stacking." Another one was perhaps used to pull the material used to make rugs and you would need extra leverage to get it really tight. Or perhaps using it on woven chair seats in a similar manner Any quesses

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Looks like it is for stretching something like a V-belt. Maybe a crossbow ? LOL !
    2. ravage60 ravage60, 6 years ago
      I'm thinking kettle lid hook. To take off the lids off cast iron or metal pans without getting burned. The name goes with that a bit too.
    3. Panzon, 6 years ago
      It reminds me of a butchers hook for moving meat. But I have seen similar handle and hook systems for pulling small bails of tread, wool and loosely treaded material. Privous comment could well be close as well. As I've used something more modern for removing a small cast iron cooking kettle lid.
    4. UncleRon UncleRon, 6 years ago
      In Hungarian "kezzle" means "kettle" and is pronounced ketz'-lee. "Kezzel" means "with (your) hand" and is pronounced ket'-zel. This fits too nicely with the idea of a pot or kettle hook to be a coincidence, IMHO.

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