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!
MaryMarch 12, 2023 at 11:34 am
Thank you! Linda was looking for the markings on hers – mystery solved!
doug maddenMarch 11, 2023 at 9:51 pm
some of these are marked with the ‘thayer’ name on the side, others are marked with just the patent year (on one side of the meat tenderizer prongs) and some abbreviation of the word ‘patented’ on the other side. https://imgur.com/gallery/gmyTROD