Originally Posted by Aunt Bea
It looks like a timbale iron for deep frying little pastry cases.
Similar to the irons used to make rosette waffle cookies.
I like that answer. It certainly could be used as such. The user would simply have to let working end sit in hot oil until the tool is hot, then dip it into the batter, and back into the oil. Aunt Bea, you're brilliant!
My next guess was going to be: something to capture you spouse's attention when he/she wasn't paying attention to your direction.
Seeeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North