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Posted 5 years ago


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I bought this at a yard sale because I love unusual items, but no one knew what it was. Can anyone help me. Someting is put into it and then you can screw it tighter-prongs will stick into whatever is inserted...any ideas?????


  1. Hunter Hunter, 5 years ago
    wacky nutcracker? try it on a walnut!
  2. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 5 years ago
    This is a french "manche-a-gigot" or a lamb bone holder, to hold the bone on a leg of lamb while you carved it.
  3. Ollie Ollie, 5 years ago that makes sence. The fancy handle made me think it would be used as some piece of serving tool. Thanks for your input. I have iton my kitchen window and is always a real conversation I will have a much better answer. Someelse once told me it might be used to hold horse reigns...
  4. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Hi, Ollie. Interesting piece you have there. I'm curious - is the handle horn, ebony, or stained wood? Thanks!
  5. Ollie Ollie, 5 years ago
    Not sure- I believe it is wood...hard though and it has a crack in it.
  6. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Thanks. That's OK if it's cracked - lots of these old pieces have cracks. Perhaps the crack is the reason someone has been moved to part with this piece, so I won't be hard on cracks. It is possible that the ferrule is silver and will clean up nicely. The clamping element looks rusted, but I bet it can be restored to beauty. When I enlarge the photo, I see grains in the handle that look consistent with horn. You might be able to tell which material it is if you peer inside the crack. Nice piece!

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