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Old 08-22-2014, 10:57 AM   #1
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What is it?

Recently, Mrs Hoot and I acquired a box of misc. utensils at a yard sale.
Included were these items. Whatndaworld are they?
They look like some kind of melon baller but they don't really produce nice round balls of melon....it's more like some kind of scoop. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:27 PM   #2
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I wanted to say it was a lemon juicer, but it looks too small...key lime juicer?
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:39 PM   #3
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? Corer of some sort ? very interesting!
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:42 PM   #4
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Tea Leaf Baller?
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:03 PM   #5
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Neither looks like it squeezes something, but one reminds me of an infuser, maybe tea or something like that. You got me on the other one. I'm wondering if it would close in such a way that it would crack nuts?
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:51 PM   #6
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A flamer for the sugar cube used for Absinthe?
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:57 PM   #7
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I have no idea, but the one on the left looks like it's supposed to juice something out of it, hence the holes in it. I'm really curious.
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:32 AM   #8
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Are you certain these items are for food preparation? They almost look like antique dental implements.

The two on top look like tongue depressors. The instruments in the middle appear to be similar to tools I've seen for extracting teeth. And the things on the bottom for mixing small amounts of compounds for anesthetic, or what not.

Just a guess, but that's what they look like to me.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:32 AM   #9
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Thanks for the replies. The three pictures are just different views of these two things.
Here are a few more details.
When these devices are closed (the handles are together) the opening is roughly 1.25 - 1.5 inches in diameter.
The edges of the opening, when closed is beveled, as if it can be, or has been sharpened slightly.
Neither one is very sharp but could easily take a chunk out of the flesh of most large fruits or vegetables.
When fully closed, the one with the wooden handles in more nearly a circle; the other is more elliptical.
They are app. 4.5 - 5 inches long when closed.
Steve, I can't say if they are used in food preparation or not. I am hoping that someone here will be able to shed some light on what their purpose is.
It is quite the mystery, but I reckon I will survive not knowing what they are.
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Maybe coffee press or tea
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