January 11, 2012

Do You Know What This Is?

I bought this little piece at an auction on eBay UK, and thought it was the most interesting little implement.

It’s about six inches long and has a French Ivory handle. The metal edge is round on one side and flat on the other.

There’s a small “hook” on one edge of the implement and the other’s square.

Naturally, I’ve obscured the name of the piece, so you will have to guess what it is.

Any ideas?

23 comments:

  1. It is used in book binding. the flat edge allows the bookbinder to flatten the folded paper signatures for a crisp edge and the "hook" is actually a sharp edge to allow the pages once bound by hand --allows the pages to be cut into a deckle edge. Thats my story and I'm stickin to it.

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  2. No idea but the book binding thing sounds feasible. Do tell.
    Di
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  3. This is going to drive me nuts!
    My first guess was a marrow scoop but I don't think that is right. I may be back if I have some sort of Eureka moment.

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  4. I want to say cheese scoop--but it's not a scoop. I'll go with the bookbinder idea. Please send a second post to let us know. Have a super day. Mary

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  5. Something used by a servant from "Downton Abbey"?

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  6. My guess is that it has something to do with garment fastening.

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  7. Marrow and cheese scoops are much deeper in their bowls so I'm going with the bookbinder theory! More important, now I want to get on the UK eBay site to find some cool stuff, too...Collecting is so fun (and dangerous)

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  8. A cuticle care tool. Often referred to as a cuticle pusher.

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  9. You better tell soon! I was thinking cheese but it's not a scoop...Tell, tell, tell....

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  10. My first guess was a manicure tool, but after seeing the remark about an orange peeler, I have another guess. A tool to remove seeds from grapes, cherries, olives, etc... The pick side is used to slice the skin of the fruit and the rounded part used to flick out the seed. Can't wait to see the answer.

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  11. My first thought was a seam ripper - but the book binding story sounds good, too.

    Cathy

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  12. I have no clue, I too like the book binding idea.

    Hope you ate having abreast new year.
    Elizabeth

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  13. Are we being misled by what could be damage-- is that sharp corner intentional? An ivory handle would appeal to a feminine hand-- ivory would not be found in the kitchen -I suspect it was used in a pass time such paper folding / paper cutting and the intricate patterns once created by turn of the century Victorian circles. Or on the flattening issue perhaps --ironing fine handkerchiefs it apparently was used to crease some sort of fiber.

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  14. Fiber what about clay-- I do believe it was used by a sculpture artist. the flat surface was necessary for smoothing and the corner point used to add texture to the piece

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  15. It looks like a cuticle tool I had in the manicure set I got when I was twelve!

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  16. It's an orange peeler

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  17. I'm going with an orange peeler, too. I have a similar tool with a very decorative handle. That's my best guess. It is used to peel citrus.

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  18. Ahhh, makes perfect sense. I want one!
    Di
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  19. It could be a grapefruit spoon. I disagree with the above comment saying ivory was not used as kitchen utensil. I am half french and I inherited some ivory handled knives/forks (round ended knives) that were used to peel/cut/eat fruit for dessert.
    Am curious as to what this is!

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