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What does the stamping say?  I'd wonder if they were not bunion stretchers.

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Commonly misidentified as blacksmithing tongs, often made from cast iron.

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I've seen several with an open circle on one bit and the ball on the other---marked as blacksmithing tongs by "antique dealers" except in the 100 year old catalogs where they are shown as bunion stretchers for shoes. (eg: page 726 of the 1905 Sears Roebuck catalog has one with the ball and loop.)

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Invented for the imprisonment of the author of The Pilgrim's Progress.

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Then I salute the person who invented them!  Probably kept around for Paul too.

(IIRC; like  that quote about Milton's Paradise Lost "None ever wished it longer!")

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You seen a horse twitch?  Or the "bull nose holder" ?

At some Vet schools there is an entire course on how to restrain animals during treatment.

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I am a 6”3 Big old softy when it comes to animals. I am also a realist so I get the purpose back in the day just still feel bad(especially when I saw the diagram of its usage). 

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