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    Posted 7 months ago

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    What is this, what is it used for and is it antique? For what industry is /was it used? Does it have any value?

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    1. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 7 months ago
      I’m not positive but I think these may be sugar tongs which were used to cut off a portion of sugar from a larger ‘chunk’ and then pick up the small portion.
    2. dav2no1 dav2no1, 7 months ago
      Could be for ice?
    3. BHIFOS BHIFOS, 6 months ago
      There are people making Horror Movies looking just for this sort off device to use as props for the bad guy!
    4. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 6 months ago
      BHIFOS, such as for whacking off digits and picking up the pieces? I have to agree with you....perfectly ghoulish torture device for the movies.
    5. keramikos, 6 months ago
      LindiMarais, Very interesting.

      It has a locking feature on the handles, probably because of the blade just behind the gripper claws.
    6. keramikos, 6 months ago
      I just tripped on this while researching another post:


      Vintage stainless clam or oyster shucker stamped Made in Italy with the patent number and Hoffritz, NY.


      The design patent:

      What if the mystery device in this post is some older variety of bi-valve mollusk tool?
    7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 months ago
      source of many nightmares!... if you are a clam.
    8. keramikos, 6 months ago
      ho2cultcha, Unless maybe you're a geoduck, and then you're scary. };-)

      Here are those other patents listed in the 1963 design one, the first of which is actually for a pot and pan lifter/holder:

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