Found mixed in with a box of my grandmother's stuff (she was born in 1888). It is iron (magnet test). It measures roughly 17" long and weighs 11.6 oz. There are two sets of "tines". The top one is two tines and the bottom is three. When squeezed, the tines bypass each other but only slightly. There is a stop on the top rod which keeps the tines from bypassing each other. The tines are affixed to the rods with indentations, which appear to have been made with a punch. There are no markings whatsoever. Any ideas? Thanks!