Featured Not really jewellery, inky dinky tongs....

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Ownedbybear, Jan 16, 2020 at 10:20 AM.

  1. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Bought these for pennies because they intrigued me. I can't work out what they're from: the initial have to be significant.

    Ideas, please?

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  2. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    What's the size, Bear?

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  3. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Sorry, that would help! About two inches long, length of my thumb.
  4. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

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  5. Houseful

    Houseful Well-Known Member

    Very similar to these miniature Cadbury tongs for serving individual chocs.

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  6. Houseful

    Houseful Well-Known Member

  7. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    Makes so much more sense...

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  8. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    Those initials are significant ,they are mine ! :)
  9. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    OHO! The Cadbury ones look identical. I wonder if mine were Bournville, with those initials.

    Funnily enough, they did remind me of a huller: I have one, really useful little thing. Much easier than fingernails. ;)

    Many thanks all, mystery solved.
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  10. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    I used a stainless one for years too - switched to this guy a few years ago (sheepishly admitting to a kitchen-toy weakness):


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  11. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Was looking for early chocolate factory with JB initials. Came across this which I thought was interesting.
    Chocolate as we know it didn't become a thing until the late 1800s.

    From https://www.history.com/news/the-sweet-history-of-chocolate
    "In 1847, British chocolate company J.S. Fry & Sons created the first solid edible chocolate bar from cocoa butter, cocoa powder and sugar. Rodolphe Lindt’s 1879 invention of the conching machine, which produced chocolate with a velvety texture and superior taste, and other advances allowed for the mass production of smooth, creamy milk chocolate on factory assembly lines. You don’t need to have a sweet tooth to recognize the familiar names of the family-owned companies such as Cadbury, Mars and Hershey that ushered in a chocolate boom in the late 1800s and early 1900s that has yet to abate. Today, the average American consumes 12 lbs. of chocolate each year, and more than $75 billion worldwide is spent on chocolate annually."

    Christopher Klein

    From the Smithsonian.org
    "Americans weren’t responsible for one of chocolate’s biggest advances, Snyder writes. Advertisements for “solid eating chocolate” appear in mid-1800s newspapers, he writes, but the chocolates “were not well received by the public because of their coarse and gritty texture.” Swiss innovators developed the first appealing eating chocolate in the 1870s, and the rest was history."
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  12. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    using one of those would definitely cut your choc intake
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  13. janettekay

    janettekay Well-Known Member

    Guess that is why I do not own one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:rolleyes::shame:
  14. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BOARED!

    OOOH!!! I have one my MIL gave me WAAAAY too many years ago, and it was always called a strawberry huller.....and used as one!!!! Mine says 'S.S. Pierce Company, Boston' with different markings.....exactly 2 1/2" long!!! Fun little thing!!! Also mine look more 'rusty' than the coppery it looks in my images!!

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