This is an old kitchen tool for mashing potatoes. There are four wires that form the undulating base and then twist into a shank that goes into the wood handle. The odd thing is the wire that goes across the bottom which keeps the masher from going flat into the pan. Instead, you sort of rock or roll the mashed, pivoting in the bar across the bottom. I didn’t try using it but it looks like it could be an interesting concept. I think the metal is steel with a plating of, perhaps, zinc. The wood handle stout and appears to have its original black paint. I find no name or manufacturer on it and I would guess that it is from the early 1900’s up to the 1930’s.
It measures about 8 ½” in length and the base measures about 2 7/8’ by 3”. It is in fair condition with some wear to the plating, light discoloration and minor spots of rust. The paint on the handle still retains some gloss but it has chip and rub wear from years of use and perhaps abuse.
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Vintage Early 1900's Wire and Painted Wood Potato Masher Kitchen Utensil