Linda’s Universal “7-Way” Tool. Photo by Linda Lamb. The piece was gifted to her by collector Russ Howser.
I remember running across this weird-looking palm-sized gizmo some years back and having no clue what it was or how it was used. A little discussion with collector Russ Howser and a little research gave me the answer!
According to the patent specification filed by William Henry Thayer, the tool was made for use as a meat tenderizer, lid lifter, plate & shallow dish carrier, pot & kettle carrier, trivet/stand, pan holder, pouring assist, and more! It is today commonly called a “7-Way Tool.”
A neat piece to add your collection and have for display (Linda has hers hanging on her kitchen wall) if you can find one!