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Found this tool while cleaning out my uncle's garage. It's a cast metal fork with three heavily-ridged tines about four inches long, with a crossbar between them about an inch back from the end, and an unpainted wooden handle. It has absolutely no markings on it. Nobody remembers where it came from.

Guesses so far include "raccoon prod", "spaghetti server", and "three-pronged blivet". Any ideas?

  • Something to do with cement/conconcrete.
    – crip659
    Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 8:13
  • Get a picture on a white background with no shadows and you can try a google images or bing images search. (Or I can, but this photo won't work.)
    – jay613
    Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 12:33
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    That's definitely a Farvull Valve installer, they are very hard to install, on the other hand, it might be a muffler bearing installation tool. OK OK, just funning with you all on a bored Thursday morning. Enjoy. If the moderators want to delete this comment, feel free to, I won't be offended! But in the meantime enjoy during these tough times. Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 13:39
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    @GeorgeAnderson maybe the metal part is the handle and the wooden part goes.... Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 14:18
  • I wonder if the guy who made it thought "500 years from now some archeologist is gonna have a really bad day with this one." Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 14:30

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That my friend is an antique from the 1800's! ANTIQUE ME HUNT TRIDENT MEAT TENDERIZER MID 1800'S

Google Lens is a great tool to have.

  • Well done! (see what I did there?) Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 4:42
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    @statueuphemism Google Images (search for antique meat tenderizer) shows same object at some cooking sites, eBay sales,... so it looks legit Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 17:11
  • U.S. Patent #613572. Granted in 1898, so late 1800s, not mid 1800s.
    – Mark
    Commented Oct 16, 2021 at 19:50

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