What Is This Claw-like Mystery Tool?

(Image credit: Andrea)

Q: A friend found this at an antique store/junk shop. At first we thought it was a pair of salad tongs, but instead of having one spoon-like side and one fork-like side with tines, it has two fork-like sides. In addition, it’s spring-loaded to stay open when you’re not actively squeezing it shut, which is not a feature I associate with salad tongs.

Any thoughts?

Sent by Andrea

Editor: I’ve never seen anything like that before, but my initial thought is that it might be used for serving meat.

Readers, do you have any idea what this mystery tool is?