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Hi, my grandmother gave me some neat things recently.. One of them is the speciality utensil shown in the photo below.
It has three prongs and movable plunger which can be pushed out at the top of the utensil.

the prong area is 2 inches deep yet less than 1/2 an inch wide.

Thanks to Fiona and Leepa for the fast answers Yes some time of pick but because it has such a deep and thin space where the movable plunger is I thought it might be for a more specific item.
Just couldn't think of what.. But I intend to use it for olives and pickles so there you go!

Thanks!!

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      1. I believe that it is an olive picker -as in picking olives out of the jar. At least that is what I use mine for!

          1. It's a pickle fork. -- long and skinny, so you can nab pickles at the bottom of the jar, and the spring-loaded plunger frees the pickle from the barbs on the hook.

            I had a Victorian pickle fork many years ago.

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            1. re: sunshine842

              Dear Sunshine842,
              Thank you for weighing in!
              I just love it.
              The prongs and stem are silver, the handle is either bone or ivory.. i think bone.

              Thanks again everyone!