The antique dealer's stand was a mixture of old funky, hip, and religious stuff. Hence a 1900s French quilt, a massive rosary and a brass piece that I thought was a sconce. French Husband noticed it first,
"Hey what would you do with this?"
"Isn't it a sconce?"
The antique dealer pitched in, "I never saw one until the day I bought it. The owner told me it was used to put out the burning cinders in an fire place. It "suffocateur" so to say. You grab the handles while pushing the coals against the chimney wall.
Wow that rosary lead many of you to think it was something religious, I am sorry about that I wasn't trying to fool you, that is how I found it on the antique dealer's stand. I did buy it to use in Cassis as a sconce. If one day you come to visit you will be able to see it, and think, "She is nuts to use that suffocateur that way."
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