Hello from Hazard!
We heard from only one more reader on Item No. 880, and Robert Dorner of Mansfield, Ohio, is thinking along the same lines as reader Joyce Talbert in last week’s issue: It’s a jar opener (or tightener).
Scott Moody, from Albany, Ohio, who sent in the photo and collects kitchen gadgets, wondered that, too, but thinks the “teeth” are too large and widely spaced for that use.
Item No. 880
We’ll show it to you again this week, but we’ll also move on to Item No. 881, shared by John Hammond of North Benton, Ohio.
It’s a two-piece mystery, well, really a three-piecer. There is a hand-held roller item, and the base piece, about 8-9 inches long, that opens. Inside the base is a removable metal slab inscribed with “Put this on top of stove.”
There is other writing on the item, but we’ll keep that as a clue for next week, if we stump everyone. Let’s just say it’s old, as in 1880 old.
Item No. 881
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