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azzizzjohn's items2 of 6I found this unusual lock mechanism. Trying to figure how it was used. Vintage Brass No. 3 Pocket Wheel Slip Wick Lighter, I THINK?
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    Posted 3 years ago

    azzizzjohn
    (6 items)

    This pair of blacksmith forged lifting tongs had some special purpose that I can't understand. Unlike ordinary Ice Tongs, that close to pince the ice block between two sharp points, this pair of tongs seems to bypass with hooked ends when it is lifted of pulled by the ring.
    I haven't found an example like these. ANYONE?

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      You must be a young city boy. That is a grab hook.
    2. azzizzjohn azzizzjohn, 3 years ago
      Yes, but how is it used, and on what? JOHN
    3. UncleRon UncleRon, 3 years ago
      Lotsa "grab hooks" on Google and they all look like . . . wait for it . . .



      Hooks! Nothing like this one with turned-out ends.

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