1) A ‘skimmer’, a shallow ladle or sieved spoon used for removing scum or other unwanted matter from the surface of liquids.
1399 j scomor cum j podyngiren, York
1445 et j ladill cum ij scomeres de auricalco, Beverley
1515 pro ... j skomer, York
1567 a latyne Ladill a Latyne scomer, Fixby
1619 one scomber, one latine ladle, Bingley
1700 one Brass scumber 4d, Elland. In some inventories it was a kind of fire shovel or riddle: 1490 De j fyre scomer cum j pare de taynges vjd, York
1507 a rost yren with a fyer scomer, York
1528 A scomer for the fire and a great pare tonges xvjd, York
1669 3 broyling irons, 2 pr racks, j fire scumer, Selby. In 1735, William Hawkesworth of Longley in the parish of Ecclesfield had tongs Scimmer and Hammers.