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Here's another one that I'm having trouble nailing down, I'm pretty sure it's some kind of scoop but I haven't been able to find a good reference for it. It's not strong enough to be a cheesetester, but could be for butter, or for scooping grass seeds at a hardware store. Maybe it's just general purpose, but I would like to see a patent or catalog listing to prove what it is.

lt's about 1-1/2" diameter, it could sample butter but the metal is not strong enough for cheese.

I was thinking the ring was for pushing out whatever is in the scoop, especially if it was something like butter. There is a small museum near me that has one of these, they say it is a sausage stuffer, with the ring being used to push the stuffing into the casing. I don't know how they decided on sausage stuffer, I'll have to email them and ask. Without a reference for this tool, it's all guesswork if it's for reinforcement or pushing something. 

What do you think?

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To me it resembles a vintage cheese scoop with moving slide ejector for testing cheese being made.

Here is a photo of another version.

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I've seen similar in a coffee roaster. Does it smell of anything?

A coffee scoop wouldn't require the means to eject the contents with a sliding panel.  Coffee beans simply fall out, whereas some cheeses can cling.

Here is a testing scoop specifically used for Stilton cheese.

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Thank you twice, and thank you both for your input.  This is to help the man at the MWTCA, so I sent your information forward.  I thought cheese, also.  He just said it was not strong enough for it...but as you demonstrate, there are many kinds of cheese.

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