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Old 12-03-2015, 05:57 PM   #1
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What is this gadget?

Heavy, beautifully forged, brushed stainless steel "holder/pourer" with metal strainer. This thing is hinged at the middle of the handle and splits open to expose the opening of the glass container. This thing is well crafted. No markings anywhere.
Glass isn't marked pyrex so I'm not sure it can handle boiling liquid.
A friend of mine picked this up at thrift shop for $4. What is this thing?

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Old 12-03-2015, 06:29 PM   #2
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My first thought is it is a device for mixing thickeners before being added to a sauce/gravy, etc.

Fill the glass cylinder with broth/water/whatever, then add flour, cornstarch arrowroot, etc. Shake vigorously and pour into your dish. I would imagine the strainer portion might prevent any lumps from making their way into the pan. Just shake and pour.

Just a guess.
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Old 12-03-2015, 10:29 PM   #3
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It's pretty enough to use as a bracelet. Otherwise, I got nuthin'.
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Old 12-03-2015, 10:34 PM   #4
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Yikes! It kind of looks like a torture device. I hope someone comes up with a realistic answer.

Katie, you may be right, but it seems pretty involved for such a simple chore?

Duh! I really, really don't know.
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Old 12-03-2015, 10:34 PM   #5
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How big is it??
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:37 PM   #6
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Does it seal?
Does it come apart?
Does it leak?
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Old 12-04-2015, 04:35 AM   #7
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Are you sure it is a culinary gadget? If so, I might be inclined to take it to a good quality cookware shop and enquire further there.
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Old 12-04-2015, 05:38 AM   #8
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Maybe a "modern" wine decanter?
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:38 AM   #9
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Maybe a "modern" wine decanter?
That was my initial thought.
You can pour liquid into the glass which completely separates from the holder. But really doesn't make much sense to go through that step just to pour wine into it. There are so many cool, unique looking decanters out there.

It's about 12" in length with rubber O ring seals at both ends of the glass. The strainer can pass particles up to 1mm in diameter.

Perhaps there's a missing component to this thing?
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:09 PM   #10
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A cocktail maker?
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Interesting. Why do you think it's kitchen gear? Maybe lab equipment of some sort?

If I had to guess I would say an oil server/pourer of some sort. There 's a local restaurant that serves bread with herbed olive oil at the beginning of the meal - there's a rosemary stem in the oil and this would be a nice way to serve.
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Wine decanter?
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:06 PM   #13
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Interesting. Why do you think it's kitchen gear? Maybe lab equipment of some sort?

If I had to guess I would say an oil server/pourer of some sort. There 's a local restaurant that serves bread with herbed olive oil at the beginning of the meal - there's a rosemary stem in the oil and this would be a nice way to serve.
I think it is too elegant to be a piece of lab equipment.

I like the idea of being an oil pourer. That makes sense.
Only thing is the 1 inch diameter spout is rather large to pour oil at the table.....? I don't know.
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A cocktail maker?
That's kind of what I was thinking....a novelty martini shaker?
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:47 PM   #15
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Does it have any brands imprinted on it?
Made in china..Check Williams and Sonoma.They always have interesting gadgets.

Could it possibly be a grease and small particle separator?
For those that just can't stand to have anything good added to their gravy.

Neurotics!

Second thought is. It's a Hamster cage pocket sized Incubator.
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That's kind of what I was thinking....a novelty martini shaker?
It doesn't seem big enough for all the ice and it doesn't have a strainer to keep the ice out of the martini glass, but otherwise that's exactly what it looks like to me ...
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Old 12-04-2015, 02:33 PM   #17
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It doesn't seem big enough for all the ice and it doesn't have a strainer to keep the ice out of the martini glass, but otherwise that's exactly what it looks like to me ...
We thought of that too but it seem too impractical as a shaker. It's a chore just to load the thing in the first place, unscrewing the retaining rode to break loose the glass jar. The process seems too awkward to use as a cocktail shaker. Also, there is no cap on the spout.

I still like the oil pourer idea.
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Also, there is no cap on the spout.
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That would make the whole cocktail-shaking process interesting!
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A Google similar image search brings up everything from wedding rings to percussion cap pistols, but nothing that looks anything like the gadget we are trying to identify. Any idea what the capacity of the glass tube is?
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Old 12-04-2015, 03:53 PM   #20
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A Google similar image search brings up everything from wedding rings to percussion cap pistols, but nothing that looks anything like the gadget we are trying to identify. Any idea what the capacity of the glass tube is?
I would guess about 1/2 liter at most.
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