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Posted 10 months ago

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Very strange old wooden piece. Trying to identify what it is.
About 18" square bottom and about 18" tall.
I would appreciated anyone's information or best guess on this old piece.
thanks

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  1. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 10 months ago
    Looks like a hopper for a corn grinder.
  2. collectorrell1k, 10 months ago
    Anyone seen an old piece like this? What is it?
  3. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 10 months ago
    its a dirvish spiritual transient thing, it is beautiful !~
  4. collectorrell1k, 10 months ago
    Except there is a bottom on the piece. ???
  5. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 10 months ago
    SCRATCH THAT IDEA!!!!!!
  6. collectorrell1k, 10 months ago
    PDAM...yes! it is a beautiful thing that, for the time being, will continue to be whatever anyone perceives it to be.
    Oh to know it's purpose though!
  7. hulalady56 hulalady56, 10 months ago
    Is there asolid bottom. Back in Hawaii a few of the old fishermen had fish viewing boxes that looked like that but it had glass on the bottom. They would lean over the side of the boat and look into the ocean to spot fish or anything else.
  8. collectorrell1k, 10 months ago
    Hulalady... yes, there is a solid wood bottom and not removeable.
    There are handles on both sides and it is pretty light. Don't know what else I can tell you about it that the picture does not explain.
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 months ago
    Someone made it in shop class fifty years ago just to screw with people in the future! :-)
  10. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 10 months ago
    Yup that is spiritual. Nice wide bottom so it won't tip over. I never was much for religion so I will sit this one out and let the bible thumpers have a look. (that was my warped humor, don't take offense).
  11. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 months ago
    Seems like it was meant to carry something heavy with all those metal reinforcements. Are there metal straps in the handles?
  12. collectorrell1k, 10 months ago
    Yes, metal straps in the handles. Built to last awhile, that's for sure.
  13. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 months ago
    Do they go right through to the other side?
  14. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 10 months ago
    Have a peek at the joints on this. They are difficult to cut on a flat piece, this has more than one angle. They are commonly referred to as country joints. Those metal fasteners were added long after this was built. They weren't even invented when this was built.
  15. collectorrell1k, 10 months ago
    I'll check inside to see how the metal straps end.

    Interesting about the country joints. It would seem that the addition of these specific joints were for extra security to the box. But what on earth was carried/contained within?
  16. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 months ago
    The only reason that I can see for it to built in that shape would be to keep it from tipping over, it would keep the center of gravity low.
    Or see comment #9
  17. AzTom AzTom, 10 months ago
    Those compound joints are quite nice. The metal trim around the top would indicate abuse.

    I love and have NO idea what it is but, you could repurposed it into a Christmas tree stand.
  18. collectorrell1k, 10 months ago
    I looked closely and the handles are held on with what look like big, thick nails that are bent downward on the inside. The U-shaped metal brackets hold the handles for extra support and also are bent downward on the inside.
  19. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 10 months ago
    All those metal reinforcement pieces are called Skotch fasteners. Poor people couldn't afford new so they patched together what they had.
  20. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 months ago
    When I saw this, I immediately thought of a "fish viewer" as hulalady pointed out. Most modern ones have glass but even without it, the water seen inside is calm. Still see a few in use & been thinking about making one. Doe it look like it was once sealed to be water-proof?
  21. collectorrell1k, 10 months ago
    Does not look like is was ever a sealed piece. Not even close.
  22. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 months ago
    Ah collectorrell1k, you're no fun. You don't know when to lie or at least stretch the truth. I'm at a loss now & leaning toward fhrjr2 in #10 or walks in #9. Leaning more toward walks. Really thought it was a viewer so Italians could look at their navy.
  23. kerry10456 kerry10456, 10 months ago
    Okay, here's my take on the piece. If it was mine I'd need another for what I'm thinking the possible usage might be. Older canvas tents used by the military ranging from 100-150 years ago had a large flap opening that could be used as an awning, These would hold the poles to that flap, filled with dirt or sand, with no need of support lashings. Just a thought, but as a story teller's view, that's mine
  24. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 months ago
    It's late, I'm tired & sleepy. I vote for #9, #10 & # 23.
  25. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 10 months ago
    It just needs another and could make a great coffee table base.
  26. kerry10456 kerry10456, 10 months ago
    Okay another , but sound theroy on function and practicality on this item. It's been proven over the years, thing have a tendency to last longer in a pyramid, but sadly the lid is missing, but used to store apples or pears in the root cellar, antique "Green Bags" Sorry for the humor on this as it probably had a real function when made, but as to what, only the person who made it would know. Sure it was never a production item and truth be told, It was someones idea to make their life simpler on one of their cores or duties assigned to them.
  27. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 months ago
    That was a real mouthful kerry to basically say, I have no idea. LOL!
  28. kerry10456 kerry10456, 10 months ago
    Yep Lucas, been practicing to become a politician next election :-)
  29. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 months ago
    You will certainly do well!
  30. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 months ago
    He even got the environmental vote for his "Green initiative" :-)
  31. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 months ago
    @collectorrell1k where did you find this? N A, S A, Europe, Australia, mountainous area, prairie, coastal? What are the local industries?
  32. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 months ago
    OK curling fans, I think I've got it. I kept thinking it was familiar but couldn't place it. It's (30 sec. commercial) a form for sand casting. Some objects are odd shaped like bells & take special forms. Well, that's my story & I keeping to it!
  33. collectorrell1k, 10 months ago
    A form that doesn't come apart? Probably not.
    Found in a garage sale in SoCal. Owner of house had many primitives in the antique dept.
  34. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 months ago
    As it is tapered, it doesn't have to come a part but be lifted off.
  35. Hunter Hunter, 10 months ago
    FYI folk, people are weighing in on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153248921990357&set=a.10151198251730357.799844.188783750356&type=1
  36. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 months ago
    I think we can exclude the facebook group except for collectorrell1k's friend who tried to steer them straight.
  37. kerry10456 kerry10456, 10 months ago
    Lots of ideas, seem my first notions has some support, lol.
  38. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 10 months ago
    Looks like a early mold for making foundation blocks
  39. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 10 months ago
    Those facebook folks are pretty neat. They must be old farmers.
  40. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 10 months ago
    Was it a form? Goodness the shellac on the inside held up better than the outside if it was. I think it was Blunder who said pick it up, I see grab the handle and drag it out from under.
  41. Wendling Wendling, 10 months ago
    If I had it,The bottom would be removed,and I would use it for a pier block form,just trying to be funny.
  42. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 months ago
    If there are no holes for line-up dowels on the edges, we can eliminate it being a sand casting mold. Maybe a bum'ble clot holder?
  43. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 months ago
    Okay a few observations,
    1; repeat of my earlier comment "The only reason that I can see for it to built in that shape would be to keep it from tipping over, it would keep the center of gravity low."
    2; Even though the wood used isn't very thick, it's built as if it should be able to carry a heavy load. The only reason to use joints like that is to make sure it doesn't come apart. The handles are very robust, stronger than the wood that they are attached to. I don't think the metal reinforcements on the corners were added later as a patch, they are all cut the same & placed evenly. Also note that they are not nailed on, the pointed end is crimped into the wood.
    3; To me this container was built to ensure the safe handling of the contents.
    4; The only thing that I can think of that would demand this kind of safety is the handling of liquid Nitroglycerin. Nitroglycerin is a very unstable product, so much so that it had to be manufactured on site by a chemist. So wherever blasting needed done the chemist put the nitro in glass bottles. It was then placed in a second container & buried in a bed of sand or diatomaceous earth. It was then transferred to the rock face to be placed in the holes that had been drilled. Any mishandling of the nitro whether being dropped or shaken would be the death of anyone in the vicinity. The handling of nitro & the blasting was usually left to the Chinese laborers.
    I have been unable to find an example of a nitro box just references to them.
    That's my theory & I'm sticking to it.
  44. andyman andyman, 10 months ago
    Perhaps it was "re purposed" way back in the 1800s.
    That's why nobody knows what it is.
    It used to be a ________? then it was a___?now it is a _____________ or an
    unfinished backyard invention?
    I like the casting mold idea.It looks a bit rough like something used in construction environment for concrete?
    It was made to be picked up by 2 people with strong handles on each side?
  45. tom61375 tom61375, 10 months ago
    I have no idea, but I know I want one! =) Love it!
  46. AzTom AzTom, 9 months ago
    Okay, I found one of these also. Is there handle on the other side ans does it go vertical instead of horizontal?
  47. rick3335, 8 months ago
    Is there a bottom in it ? If not, I think it's a concrete form to set wooden posts on in and around a barn, to prevent premature rotting out of support posts. ???
  48. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 8 months ago
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/124651001/wood-bucket-vintage-asian-wooden-rice?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_search_type=all&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_page=1&ga_search_query=wood+bucket&ga_ref=related&ga_facet=wood+bucket&ga_view_type=gallery

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/152352464/vintage-wood-and-metal-asian-rice-bucket?ref=sr_gallery_40&ga_search_type=all&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_page=1&ga_search_query=wood+bucket&ga_ref=related&ga_facet=wood+bucket&ga_view_type=gallery

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/124656871/wood-bucket-vintage-rice-bucket-with?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_search_type=all&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_page=2&ga_search_query=wood+bucket&ga_facet=wood+bucket&ga_view_type=gallery

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/124514895/wood-bucket-vintage-reclaimed-wood?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_search_type=all&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_page=3&ga_search_query=wood+bucket&ga_facet=wood+bucket&ga_view_type=gallery


    Collectorrell1k I hope this helps!

    T A

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