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We rented a beach house in the Outer Banks last week. The kitchen was pretty well-stocked with cooking gear (12 sets of crab crackers!), but this one item left me completely stumped. I took photos of the front, back and an angle so you can see the inside. It screws down to clamp something in place, but to what purpose? It's far too large to be a cherry or olive pitter (about 4" long), and it would seem unnecessarily complicated as an egg slicer.

I'm hoping someone else will recognize it.

 
 
 
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  1. I believe that is a vintage vise style nut cracker

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    1. re: Bkeats

      +1. There's one about halfway down on this antique utensils page.
      http://www.lonehand.com/antique_utens...

      1. re: pinehurst

        Could you click on it and then post the link that comes up after you do? I just exhausted myself scrolling and came up with nada. :-)

        1. re: mcf

          Here it is-

          http://www.goantiques.com/nut-cracker...

          1. re: ChillyDog

            Thanks ChillyDog. I was on another board and missed the boat. Sorry!!!

            1. re: ChillyDog

              Thanks! And good find, pinehurst.

          2. re: pinehurst

            Sure enough, that's the exact same model! But man, it's huge for a nut cracker. Even a large walnut would take several minutes of spinning to even reach the shell.

            (I did a ctrl-F to search for the word "nut" on the page).

            1. re: LisaPA

              "Several minutes"? I would think several seconds from fully open to fully closed and no need to open or close past cracking and putting in another.

        2. Could that hole in the bottom mean it's some sort of pitter? It's kind of small, though, for that, yet awfully wide for a nut cracker. :-/

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          1. re: mcf

            I bet the cup is wide so as to catch the cracked shells.

            Maybe the hole does allow for an alternative use as a pitter.

            I think one would keep the screw wound to the place most often used, then only minor adjustments would be required for each nut.