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At times my DH does property cleanup on abandoned properties. He came across these. I'll just call them 1-5 (left to right). Now I know that 2 & 3 are can openers. But there are other unknown (to me) things that they were used for.
The first is a bone handled meat serving fork. The little attachment at the handle end of the fork is so that when it is flipped open, you can rest it on the table without the fork touching the tablecloth.
Your hubby found some neat treasures. I have a bottle opener with the stag handle like yours. It came from a set that belonged to my ex's grandfather. I still have the shot glasses that were in the set, they are made from aluminum.
Greetings! ... Number 1 is a meat fork with antler handle; it would have been part of a set with a carving knife - and perhaps a sharpening steel. Number 3 is a can opener. Number 4 is a citrus knife with zester (for cutting thin little strips of lemon or lime peel without taking the underlying pulp) Number 5 is a zester.
What is #2 called? I have been looking for one for ages! My mother has one and I have searched online to purchase one for opening canning lids, but haven't found one. Does anyone know what they are called and/or where to get one?
No 2 can be found in most grocery stores.
They are still used to punch a pouring spout in large cans of juices and cans of evaporated milk.
They were a necessity a few years ago to pop beverage cans.
I have one that also has a lip to pop jelly lids.
We called them church keys in my younger days.
Thanks for all your help. I guess the one I am looking to purchase the one that opens jelly lids. It looks like #2 item in the first picture and believe it is from the 60's/ 70's era. I thought someone would have one for sale!
MySharona wrote:At times my DH does property cleanup on abandoned properties. He came across these. I'll just call them 1-5 (left to right). Now I know that 2 & 3 are can openers. But there are other unknown (to me) things that they were used for.
The carving fork on the left looks like what my mother had, even down to the surface of the handle. But I remember the metal piece flipped up to protect your finders when carving. The second is a multi bottle opener. It opened bottles from the middle, but would pierce a can from the top (I use a simple one for piercing olive oil tins one end, to prevent the "slurping" when pouring), and I think if you used the two little hook over bits at the bottom - they would help get lids off also. The two smaller objects are pretty much for cheeses - chefs use them to this day, but I can't get a good look at the red handled one.
Yes, the red handled one is for opening bottles and tins. It could pierce a tin to pour out the contents, or even open a tin of beans, stick in the point and move up and down, and it would cut a ragged opening to the top of a can.