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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Found somewhere in a junk store ~30yrs ago, and to this day I've never seen another like it and still don't have the *slightest* clue what it's really supposed to be. I've always guessed it was a 'kitchen gadget' intended to either mix (like a whisk) or mash (like a potato masher) something, but its peculiar shape doesn't really seem like it'd be terribly well-suited for either of those uses...??

    The whole thing is about 15" long, the roundish, very irregularly coiled 'business end' is roughly 4" across (at its largest, measured from the wooden handle) and appears to be made from stiff ~1/8" stainless steel wire. I've even wondered if maybe it started its life in some 'more conventional' coiled shape then got caught in some machine and 're-twisted' -- but I also don't think I know of any kind of (even commercial) mixer/etc that'd actually be *capable* of doing that to it???

    ALL CLUES/GUESSES/ETC. will be gratefully received~!!! :-) :-) :-)

    ---- EDIT -- ~24hrs after original posting ----

    MYSTERY SOLVED -- THANKS to member Watchsearcher for the answer!! Seems as though if I would happen to ever try to make something from "dough" (which isn't terribly likely, I might add...) this thing would be the perfect tool to use. Meanwhiles it's just fun to *finally* know what it actually is...I should probably be happy that at least I guessed it correctly as a 'kitchen gadget'...??? <lol>

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    1. srarman, 4 years ago
      I can't say for sure but it looks like a rug beater to me. I've seen others similar to it.
    2. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 4 years ago
      How about a far out guess!!! Fishing crabs or something out of a steaming pot???
    3. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 4 years ago
      srarman, I could believe that but it seems way too small -- most actual rugbeaters I've ever seen are a good bit bigger overall.

      yougottahavestuff, I've also wondered about that -- if it IS actually a thing intended to get crabs (or clams, or any other odd variety of 'seafood') out of its cooking pot I probably wouldn't recognize it as such anyway... (as I don't generally eat seafood, much more preferring dead cow/pig/yardbird instead...)

      STILL, it doesn't seem like there's any particular excuse for its weird shape...???
    4. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 4 years ago
      Stainless steel for sanitary reasons and anti rust, yoursmaller loop is bent out of shape a little bit!! crabs bellys are about 4" across. Their legs hang over and shape of loop helps draining hot water quickly.
      Again just a guess!!! I'm a meat and potatoes guy myself!!!
      Go to youtube and enter "Antique sausage maker" and see me making them from an 1872 sausage stuffer I restored.
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Now we have a member who measures crabs ! LOL ! Yougotta, are you running a crab rehab ? LOL !!
    6. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 4 years ago
      It surely had a practical use. Maybe you could secure a cleaning cloth by winding it thru the wire loops then scrubbing out some big cooking pot or some other vessel so deep that the long handle would be necessary.
      Or maybe when people washed clothes in an actual wash pot of hot water, this was for stirring them around/dipping them out to keep hands out of hot water.
      Just a guess.
    7. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 4 years ago
      Also. Possibly something used in clay sculpting?
    8. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 4 years ago
      No. Forget all that.
      It's a Danish Dough Wisk used in bread making.
      Lots for sale on Amazon.
    9. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 4 years ago
      THANKS SO MUCH to Watchsearcher for solving the puzzle of my 'mystery kitchen gadget' -- also to srarman, yougottahavestuff, blunderbuss2, Brunswick, & fortapache for leaving your comments and <love it>s!! :-) :-) :-)
    10. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 4 years ago
      I can only imagine the arm fatigue that would result from "wisking" dough!
    11. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      What?! Is this a kitchen tool? Looks like something you would use to catch dangerous snakes or other animals with :) LOL. Well the danes have some weird stuff combared to us swedes :)

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