What is this little gadget?
The article is by Joanna Abijaoude.
A skirt lifter resembles a pair of small tongs, or scissors with padded circular discs instead of blades. The Museum’s example is brass and features a decorative butterfly that sits in between the handles. A small ring at the top would have held a cord, ribbon, or chain to suspend the tool just below the waist. Modern historians refer to the object as a “skirt lifter,” while period sources predominately use the term “dress holder.” Read more at
Example of "skirt lifter in use"
I wonder...would it work on frontier forts for cactus and other "grabby" things?