I've got all sorts of medieval things in the works ... but none of them are ready for the light of day. So as a diversion, I present you with a modern mystery object.
I really don't know what this thing is - my best (and obviously inaccurate) guess is that it's a cow-lip-stretcher.
It's about 6" long, appears to be cast stainless steel, and was manufactured in the early-to-mid 1900s. It has no identifying markings. It may have been farm-related (our family had a farm in the distant past, and I think that's where my dad got it).
My brother thinks it was used for skinning animals. I like the cow-lip-stretcher idea better.
My apologies for the poor quality of the images - I took them with my cell phone camera in poor light.
Anyone out there seen one of these before?