This actual pot pusher was used as an illustration in George Neumann’s excellent book “ Early American Antique Country Furnishings” on P. 185 # 811. Neumann dates these as circa 1660-1800 and states they were “….; used primarily to push hot vessels on the hearth or to maneuver coals back into the fire area;” .
With its’ curled terminals and finger pull it is a real work of art. I’m told few of these survive because of their small size and their proximity to the coals. This one is in original condition with loss to part of one front curl and a small bite off the opposite one and measures approx. 6 ¾ inches wide; 6 inches deep and 2 ¾ inches high.