Interesting, Carol. I asked my friend, Google, for "Vernco utensils" and was rewarded with a few hits, some of which were the eBay offerings you mention.
All I can figure is that it's part of their cooking/serving utensil line. Looks like a neat little gadget. Would be great to use for serving lasagna.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!