1. I’m not so sure … Jar lifters generally work vertically rather than horizonally. Jars are being lifted out of boiling water. This is operated in such a way that the hands would have to be in the water.

    Jar opener?

  2. Okay, an opener. The rubber-coated piece (added to post) is definitely for canning. My first guess for the big pincers was an ice block holder but Mom recalled something to do with canning and her mother in law…

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