A mechanical device for extruding sev batter into hot oil [160°C (325°F)] to make the Indian snack, sev.
The story of this particular object comes best from User:Robin who bought and photographed it.
Bought last Sunday at the Flea Market around the corner. The sales lady said she didn't exactly know what is was for, but she thought it had something to do with peppercorns. She did know it was real antique though! Hihi.
I knew for sure it wasn't for peppercorns. That just didn't make sense. And I didn't think it was antique either. But for 5 Euros I wasn't going to argue. Such a solid piece of equipment, I couldn't resist. And with Google it's not that difficult to find its real purpose.