I was wrong again. Who’d have thought?
I’ve seen things like this around for years and never thought much of them. I thought they were invented country looking things, possibly made by gen-u-ine “Amish craftsman”.
Turns out it’s actually something. Looking around the shop, I found another one not quite as tarted up. This other one bills itself as a rice scoop. They grew a lot of rice here in North Carolina on through the mid 19th century. I am not sure it is a rice scoop but, after a bit of research, I believe they are two-handed grain scoops. And rice is a grain.
As usual, CLICK on the pictures to enlarge. And try not to make assumptions about what anything is. Do as I say, not as I do.