As part of The Uncanny at Tate Liverpool in 2004 Mike Kelley exhibited a vitrine displaying coathangers reportedly straightened and used to open car door mechanisms.
The Canny’un is a recreation of a product marketed in the US designed for the same function, which is formed into a coathanger.
Found advertisement, 7:16 minutes. The Big Easy, Steck Manufacturing Co. Ltd.™w
Mild steel, spraypaint.