My brother Tony bought this yesterday in Todmorden market. We’ve been trying to find out what it was used for. It’s the wrong shape and too uncomfortable for a shoe horn, although the shape suggests a similar use. It’s not in Eric Sloane’s Museum of Early American Tools and Google image searches have proved fruitless.
It is iron, blacksmith-made with a little scroll on the end on the hook. The edges are not sharpened.It’s 7 1/2 inches long overall.
Anyone have any ideas?
After extensive searching through tool books, the nearest I’ve come is a similar item used for running molten lead into a stone socket when fixing e.g. upright iron railings.