What were these metal wire items used for?

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Hello from Hazard!
We finally heard from one reader on Item No. 1047. John Svoboda, of Rome, Ohio, says it is a tool for removing clinkers from a coal-fired furnace.

“You turned the lower level to grasp the blinker, and it locked into place,” writes Svoboda.

“The upper handles enabled you to remove the clinker.”

He remembers using the tool when he was growing up. “My job was to load the furnace, remove the ashes and clinkers after school.”

We also heard from Deborah Thomas and David Gummere, who thought it might be a pruning tool. It was submitted by Scott Kuhen, who didn’t know how it was used.


Mary Lalinsky submitted Item No. 1048 on Farm and Dairy’s Facebook page. She doesn’t know what they are.

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