My family voted, and their favorite choice for identifying the mystery utensil item was this entry,
"I think its a country veterinarian's tongue depressor. You'd need weight to keep a cow's tongue down, and a string to pull it out if they decided to eat it."
I really don't know if we are any closer to solving the mystery, but it was fun!
Congrats, Julia! I will be contacting you on how to claim your prize.