What the Heck Is It? #6

Happy Friday friends and welcome to another edition of What the Heck Is It?

Last week’s mystery items were very interesting, and you guys had a lot of ideas about what they were.

what the heck is it 5I was wondering if these tongs were for some specific task and there were many suggestions… such as ice, salad, removing corn on the cob or other veggies or even canning lids from boiling water. A friend of mine suggested they might be spaghetti tongs.

I think they can be used for all those things.

Mary commented that there should be a Popeil mark on them, and they are so aged that I couldn’t see it, but after some cleaning it is there.

what-the-heck-5eThere were a lot of ideas for these very small aluminum circles too… like mini disposable ash trays, child’s play or doll house pans, canning jar lids, candle wax protectors, and milk botttle tops.

Again, these can probably be used for many of the above, but it turns out that they’re probably milk bottle top blanks before they get stamped with the company name or logo. My blogging friend Donna sells them in her booth sometimes.

Thanks so much for all of your for your fabulous suggestions. I’m really enjoying reading all the great comments every week.

Now onto this week’s mystery item.

By now you guys know that I can’t resist a kitchen gadget. Especially if I have no clue what it is, which seems to be more often than not. lol.

Check it out.


It’s a real 100% genuine $1 whatchamacallit. I usually get my gadgets for 25 cents, but I splurged on this one because I was so intrigued by it.

Even the lady at the thrift store counter was curious about what it was, and asked me to let her know if I find out.



The metal arms are marked Made in Italy, and there are a bunch of numbers too.



The hard green plastic that covers the metal arms is permanent, and is marked INART on both arms.



It measures about 6″ high and is quite heavy.  With a lot of strength I can pull the green arms down so the that centre circular part in the middle also comes down.

I couldn’t hold both arms down and take a picture at the same time, and if I left it the arms would move right back up again. Where’s that third arm when I need one. lol.



So what the heck is it? Any thoughts that I can share with the thrift store lady? 🙂

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Yup, bottle corker. I used one as a kid to bottle homemade root beer.

  2. I also think bottle corker 🙂

  3. Gwen Jackson says:

    I agree that it’s for putting corks on wine bottles.

  4. Darlene Stricklin says:

    I think it is a thing to fasten a metal can lid for canning
    in cans.

  5. Judy Bittner says:

    It looks like the bottle capper my son uses when he makes his own beer and bottles it.

  6. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    I would say it’s a vintage winged wine bottle opener which is missing the corkscrew along with the upper part (handle) to turn the corkscrew down into the wine cork.

  7. Yes a true mystery item I have no clue about, but looks like you have some good answers!

    1. Karen Freel-Locey says:

      That is my answer too. I have one, but have never used it.

  8. Rowena Fengel says:

    Easy peasy. Bottle corker.

  9. A medical hemorrhoid removal tool? 😉

  10. Bottle capper. Puts the caps on the bottles to seal them up.