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DICKEYBIRD
01-22-2015, 10:15 AM
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g227/DBAviation/Mold2_zps14ba3122.jpg (http://s57.photobucket.com/user/DBAviation/media/Mold2_zps14ba3122.jpg.html)

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g227/DBAviation/Mold1_zps0d3952cd.jpg (http://s57.photobucket.com/user/DBAviation/media/Mold1_zps0d3952cd.jpg.html)

It came out of a friend's deceased parents' house & he thinks it's a kitchen tool. It's aluminum and looks like a sand casting. Very well made and has the letters BK2 cast into the inner face of the handles. The hole on the smaller end is about 1/4" dia. Looks to me like a food mold of some kind. Anybody know what it was used for?

Old Hat
01-22-2015, 10:41 AM
Sure hope it's not a medical device hey?:eek:

Axkiker
01-22-2015, 10:44 AM
Looks like some sort of mold... Possibly Soap?

Axkiker
01-22-2015, 10:45 AM
Also almost has the shape of a pear

A.K. Boomer
01-22-2015, 10:53 AM
Avocado picker? :p

chesapeake
01-22-2015, 10:58 AM
Looks like a mold for making lead bell sinkers. Cast from aluminum so that the molten lead doesn't adhere to it.

DICKEYBIRD
01-22-2015, 10:58 AM
Sure hope it's not a medical device hey?:eek:Yup, there were a couple wiseacre remarks about body parts. One involved squeezing and the other stretching.:D

It is definitely pear or avocado shaped. Best guess here at work was egg yolk separator. Insert egg, squeeze and let the white run out of the hole, yolk stays inside. That doesn't explain the pear shape though.

Highpower
01-22-2015, 12:40 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/HARVEY-HPS-LARGE-LEAD-SINKER-MOLD-UNKNOWN-SIZE-/310863857523

DICKEYBIRD
01-22-2015, 01:34 PM
Thanks Highpower, you nailed it!:)

Highpower
01-22-2015, 08:47 PM
chesapeake was way ahead of me actually... ;)

Mike Nash
01-22-2015, 09:58 PM
chesapeake was way ahead of me actually... ;)

Yes, but you cited an impeccable authority and chesapeake mentioned nothing about it being a vintage device. :rolleyes:

Doc Nickel
01-22-2015, 10:42 PM
The source is hardly impeccable. :D The seller only thinks he knows what it is- and I very much doubt it's a lead mold. Those aluminum handles would burn the caster before he'd dropped his second weight. There's no obvious method for attaching anything to the handles- screw holes, clamping slots, etc) so I strongly suspect it's not for lead.

Possibly candles, but I don't think the halves would seal well enough for liquid wax- and again, even that considerably lower heat would be uncomfortable at best for the caster. Perhaps a candy mold? (Just spitballing.)

Doc.

gcude
01-22-2015, 11:24 PM
Reminds me of the things we used to make young bulls into steers. Clamp, Clamp and no more "Moo" making juice.

JRouche
01-22-2015, 11:26 PM
More lead sinker mold. JR

http://www.rubylane.com/item/167844-12290/Lead-Sinker-Mold-Aluminum-Large-Pear

desertbob
01-23-2015, 12:51 AM
I got one from my deceased grandparent's kitchen in the 1950's. It's a mock chicken leg maker. You put together a bowl of ground meat with whatever spices you like. Then you take the device and grasp a bunch of the meat into the two hollows. You then take a pointed stick and shove it into the hole at the bottom, release the two handles and you now have a chicken leg looking mass of meat on a stick. Lay them on a cookie sheet and bake them at an appropriate temperature and then pick it up by the stick and eat.

later entry. I remember my dad would get 1/4 dowels, cut them about 6 inches and sharpen them in a pencil sharpener and they worked perfectly. Mom would mix hamburger with Italian sausage. Wow, it was great. Bon Apatite. Hope I spelled that right.

lakeside53
01-23-2015, 01:43 AM
I'll buy that. Not fishing sinker maker... no way the molten lead would even stay in if vertical. I made my share of sinkers when I was a kid

Doc Nickel
01-23-2015, 04:10 AM
It's a mock chicken leg maker.

-I'm not ashamed to admit that I'd have never guessed that. :D

Doc.

PTSideshow
01-23-2015, 05:27 AM
Yep, have to agree that it is a mock chicken leg mold sticks are the same size as the wooden ones used in the candy/taffy apples. Just because it is listed on flea bay with a description, doesn't mean it is correct or the seller knows what it is!

Beazld
01-23-2015, 05:51 AM
+1 on not a sinker mold. No place to hold a brass swivel while being poured.

boslab
01-23-2015, 06:53 AM
I have seen something like it
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=ice%20cream%20forming%20tongs&rlz=1C9BKJA_enGB605GB605&espv=1&hl=en-GB&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sboxchip=Images&sa=X&ei=kDXCVPGkPMyyUdaEg5gF&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAg&biw=1024&bih=672#imgrc=CEFFe2OgQahuMM%253A%3BP33reMWpcbdhGM %3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fhappyhooligans.ca%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2013%252F02%252FIMG_2501.j pg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fhappyhooligans.ca%252Fplay-dough-chocolate-shop%252F%3B560%3B373
Mark

kendall
01-23-2015, 12:53 PM
I got one from my deceased grandparent's kitchen in the 1950's. It's a mock chicken leg maker. You put together a bowl of ground meat with whatever spices you like. Then you take the device and grasp a bunch of the meat into the two hollows. You then take a pointed stick and shove it into the hole at the bottom, release the two handles and you now have a chicken leg looking mass of meat on a stick. Lay them on a cookie sheet and bake them at an appropriate temperature and then pick it up by the stick and eat.

later entry. I remember my dad would get 1/4 dowels, cut them about 6 inches and sharpen them in a pencil sharpener and they worked perfectly. Mom would mix hamburger with Italian sausage. Wow, it was great. Bon Apatite. Hope I spelled that right.

My grandmother had a few, she would use various meats and vegetables mixed with corn meal or other breading. She seldom used the dowels with the breading. another style she had was a flat ovoid, she'd put dough on each half, a spoon of filling and bake or fry them, the best were the single serving fruit pies. Man, I miss those things!