What is this tool I found at the thrift store in the kitchen section?

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    Yes, a wall mounted pie crust sealer. ???? Commented Jun 7, 2018 at 23:06
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    So the only evidence that it’s kitchen related is what someone at the thrift store thought? Did you ask the staff?
    – Spagirl
    Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 9:07
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    Where are you? There isn't even a country in your bio. As none of us has seen something like this before, it must be quite uncommon, but maybe knowing where you are would help narrow it down. Also is the middle part (roller) removable? It looks like it might be from the assymetry
    – Chris H
    Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 13:12
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    There is also the possibility that it isn't an anything. Sometimes well meaning people put together bits that look as though they belong together but don't really. I've seen videos of people trying to work out the function of junk shop finds that clearly aren't things so much as assemblages of stuff that could be made to go together and still spin/crank/slide whatever.
    – Spagirl
    Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 16:30
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    I mean it says patent pending... it might not even have made it to production. Just removing the kitchen context, it looks like it could very well fit a toilet paper roll
    – aug
    Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 23:27

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Following Lorel C's idea, I searched a bit for "patent" "kientz" and "foot massager", and found the patent for this device - https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/3b/09/3c/f580058fba56fc/USD243557.pdf

Short answer - yes, it's a foot massager.

  • whoahh! 1976?! - for reals? I was imagining more like 1930s or -40s!
    – Lorel C.
    Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 23:54

If it is kitchenware, it's got to have an obscure decorative function, or else someone would have figured out the use by now, and it would not have obvious features designed for stationary use (the pads mentioned by NaniBly).

I say, not kitchen at all, but foot massager. It sits on the ground stationary, and you run your tired feet over it. (Assymmetry makes it more versatile for a variety of foot types.) Something like this: footmassager

For sale at Gearbest. No I am not affiliated with them.

  • I wonder if it was originally something like a towel holder that someone has repurposed to sit flat (maybe as a foot massager)
    – Chris H
    Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 17:30
  • @ChrisH but why would a towel holder have that asymmetry which would make a towel more likely to bunch up and stay damp? What would make that ‘de luxe’?
    – Spagirl
    Commented Jun 10, 2018 at 7:54
  • @Spagirl I wasn't convinced by my own suggestion, it was just an example. But I wouldn't read too much into "de luxe" given that it appears on all sorts of everyday items
    – Chris H
    Commented Jun 10, 2018 at 9:31
  • Also, a lot of effort was put into the make-up of the roller part. Looks like 2 halves glued-together painted wood (?). Not great for kitchen around food where it will get dirty & soaking wet. If the rest of the item was molded of metal, why not just go ahead and make the roller that same way? ... Feels better on your foot than cold hard metal.
    – Lorel C.
    Commented Jun 10, 2018 at 21:39
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    @LorelC.I was interpreting the line that you are seeing as a joint as a line of flash from a moulding process, and reading the material as an old school dense rubber material.
    – Spagirl
    Commented Jun 11, 2018 at 10:43

Pastry fluting tool ... it could also be a meat tenderizer, I used to have something similar back in the late 50's that i used to roll back and forth over lower grade meat cuts to break the fibers down, not like the pounding ones that cut the meats. You could use it to flatten them for rolled meat recipes too.

  • Can you describe how you imagine it being mounted or held to carry out these functions?
    – Spagirl
    Commented Jun 15, 2018 at 9:11

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