what's this number 12 rope tool

Paul D. Longfellow of Lenox, Iowa, says he found this piece of metal in a farm field, but has no idea what it is or what it was used for.

Some might think it’s an adaption of brass knuckles that more likely would be found in a dark alley in the city. The photo shows that this piece of metal, likely steel instead of brass, is about 4 inches long and a couple inches across.

One could only imagine that damage could be inflicted by that hook on the end.

So, what do you think it is? How was it used on the farm? Are those openings really for fingers? Or could they be for something else? And what else could the hook possibly be used for?

Heavy questions, for sure. Use your imagination, if necessary. Email your thoughts, guesses or predictions to terry.anderson@lee.net. Be sure to include your hometown.