About a month ago I was in a garage/barn sale and enjoying the fact that I was the first one there. I wrote about it here. One of the many prized items I found was somewhat of a mystery.
After some pushing and coaxing I finally got it to budge a little.
Unfortunately the title of the video gives it away immediately, but I'm guessing you had this figured out several images ago.
This folding clothes hanger actually does have a name and patent date stamped on it "Midget January 7th 1913." I usually don't go by patent dates to indicate the manufacture date, but at least I can say it's no older that that.
If you want to see one of these in a more pristine state, there's a pair for sale here on etsy.
I suppose it could be dangerous only picking up things when I don't know what they are. There must be a fable by Aesop that speaks to that danger...