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04-22-2007, 10:29 AM
Pictured below is a tool belonging to the local farmhouse museum (rural Long Island, NY). No one seems to know how it got there, when it is from, or what it is for. Any ideas?


Alaina Zulli

bill watson
04-22-2007, 10:55 AM
Hi Alaina

How big is it?

04-22-2007, 12:06 PM
oh right...I forgot to mention that. It's between a teaspoon and tablepoon in size. Maybe 6" long.

-Alaina Zulli

04-22-2007, 09:22 PM
???? Is the point "captured" In the coil, or does it come out of the coil?

If the point is not captured and is moveable, I would say it is a blanket pin?

The Mad Mick!!!

bill watson
04-22-2007, 09:43 PM
It's a real puzzler. It does look like it's supposed to capture cloth or rope, but to what end? Anything you can do by hooking the other end of the wire to something you can also do with rope, and I'm at a loss to think of what kind of arrangement of metal hooks and canvas would require creation of a fastener like this rather than a grommet and rope. And if it's a tool, there are lots easier ways to put a hole in something.

Pretty neat. This will keep me up at night. Thanks. :-)

Poor Private
04-24-2007, 08:07 PM
My wife seems to think it may be a skillet lid lifter. Some lids had knobs with holes in them.

04-24-2007, 08:36 PM
Could it be a "temporary grommet" similar in function to this (http://www.spelean.com.au/EZG/EZGHome.html) modern item?

Not sure why you'd want a temporary hold down to puncture a period canvas as it might tend to rip out under heavy loads or abrasion, but it's a thought.

It might also be a way to secure a blanket if there was a button or hook of some kind to fasten the loop over.


06-02-2007, 10:40 AM
FYI, we think we have the answer to what this tool is. An older lady came in to the museum for a tour and says it was to pull the cardboard top off milk bottles.

Thanks to all who contributed ideas!

-Alaina Zulli

06-04-2007, 05:57 PM
I'm glad the mystery was solved.

However, I must point out that the woman may not necessarily have been older. She just had celebrated more birthdays than most people!

Michael Mescher