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Posted 6 years ago


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Can anyone help identify this strange item? (Photos will appear if you click on the blanks.)

He is made of cast iron and pivots from his feet to give a pecking action. Plinth is nearly 10cm long. There is a tiny fork (steel) protruding from his beak. He pecks through the opening and right down to the bottom of a trough inside, his 'fork' goes through a hole in the bottom of the trough.

Update: Thanks to information received here, it seems clear that he is a woodpecker toothpick (perhaps, maybe, or) match holder. I'd really like to know where an when it came from now. Any ideas?


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  1. Jan Pentz, 6 years ago
    I believe it is a toothpick holder. The toothpicks are stored in the top and the bird dips in and picks one up. I think I remember seeing these at the counters in restaurants when I was a little kid.
  2. fruitbats, 6 years ago
    Thanks Jan, we were beginning to think that or matches.
  3. fruitbats, 6 years ago
    Thanks for the link, another version - interesting to see that it was such a popular design!
    Would really like to know when and where it came from - I'm suspecting America, but any further info would be very welcome.
  4. thriftfan thriftfan, 6 years ago
    I just saw one at en estate sale this morning...they had toothpicks in it!
  5. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 4 years ago
    yep that's what it is for toothpicks it pecks down and brings a toothpick up with it I had a few of these before

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