What is it?

“What’s this?”

“You tell me and then we’ll both know.”

That was the exchange between me and the shop assistant at my favourite op shop. We fell about laughing as I rustled together the $4.50 to buy this pair of scissor somethings.

A quick poll of other shoppers, rellies and mates, has narrowed the field to a melon baller, an ice cream scooper or a meatball maker.

So we’re all pretty certain it’s come from a kitchen drawer. I’m crossing fingers and toes it doesn’t belong in the medicine cabinet.

So, for the love of all things Antiques Roadshow, please shed some light on my plight. I have no idea what to do with ’em, where to store ’em or how to use ’em.

Did your Nan have a pair of these? Any ideas what they are?


  • Reply April 19, 2015


    I’ve never seen a pair of “these” before tonia!
    just thought! … maybe a pickled onion ‘picker upper’!
    because of the holes allowing the liquid to escape!
    I would have guessed the above three things too!
    definitely hoping not from the medicine cabinet!!! …
    “the mind boggles and once boggled, moves on” … I like that one!
    I will be interested if/when you find out!
    love m:)X

    • Reply April 19, 2015


      Yes it’s quite a pickle Merilyn but I like your suggestion! I wondered about those holes for drainage too. Someone over on Instagram thought maybe it was for eggs. We seem to be covering lots of food groups. Will keep you posted. P.S. Hope you enjoyed a nice weekend. x

  • Cool! I used to love The Collectors when they invited home viewers to take wild punts on the origins of gadgets like these. So, my guess is similar to everyone else – pickled onions. Like maybe those great big ones they serve out of jars at chip shops in the UK? Although I think we’re all moving towards food theories because any alternative is the stuff of nightmares 😉

    • Reply April 19, 2015


      News just in!!!!! Literally moments ago, someone found something that looks identical on Etsy and they are (officially) melon ballers but can indeed be used elsewhere in the kitchen. Phew! I (like you) was hoping against hope it was a kitchen tool. Thanks for sharing your theory. Have a good week.

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