(Grand Forks, B.C. Canada)
Showing the whole length of the 'comb'
I found this giant comb looking thing in an attic of a house where I was doing renovations. The owner of the house had no clue what it is or that it was even there. It's broken, but originally would have been around one foot (30cm) across at the comb part, and the whole thing is about 2' long (60cm). What do you think it is? I'm totally baffled.
Woman of Many Sticks reply:
This looks to me like a pizza lifter that would have placed bread pans or a pizza into a hot oven.
Doing it fairly commercially, you can't get too close to the oven, it's just too hot.
Nowadays, there is a conveyor belt to move the pizza or breads through the oven so you can easily take them out at the other end. In a brick oven or other primitive way of baking the delicious breads deserves an equally rustic way of being removed. MMM, delicious!
By the way, the dead giveaway is that on the ends of the tines of the 'comb' there are dark charred pieces, indicating that it was used in a really hot place.