Or just plain get it wrong!
In the “What’s it Worth” section of the magazine, the expert panel incorrectly identified the “Metal Tool” as a rare mid-19th century farrier’s rasp. In fact, this misidentified metal tool is a fish scaler! Fish scalers are built with a jagged stripping blade that lifts the scale and then extracts it as the blade is moved over the scales joined to the skin. The curved buffer that is built opposite the blade keeps the scales from being thrown in random directions as they are removed with manual force. The early cast iron pieces can fetch around $25, far less than the $100 value incorrectly assigned by Country Living’s experts!