Miss Margaret remembers her mother using one of these. It was used in the days when clothes had to be lifted from the hot water in the wash tub or washing machine and transferred to a tub of cold water. (This was before the spin cycle.)
This wood lifter or tongs was used for the lighter items such as socks, underwear, or scarves. On the heavy stuff, such as work clothes and bedding, a long wooden lifter was used that was similar to a broom handle.
This unique lifter is 17 inches long and is constructed with a heavy wire at the end to give the two arms tension. The apparatus works like a pair of kitchen tongs. The wood has obviously been in hot water and soap. It is smooth and weathered.
This is truly a piece from the early homestead days. It would look great in a laundry room today—hanging on the wall.