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Tools and Hardware1771 of 2962Hammerhead TelegraphPrince Ober's house building tools 1890-1910
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Posted 2 years ago


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Found this when cleaning out a shed, it weighs 98ounces, or 6.13 lb, it has two inset attachment holes on top (one recess has some lead in it third photo)
It is 3 5/8" in diameter & 3 " high
On the bottom, fourth photo is remnants of brass, may have been a pointer.

Could be a weight or a large plumb bob, but I have never seen a plumb bob with 2 attachment points. There could be something missing, that went in the holes.

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  1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
    My first thought was a ball that mounts on the top of an andiron. But I doubt they would have used any lead because of the low melting point. Sure is odd looking.
  2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    I really don't have a clue, but with the hole location, I would guess that it had a wire type bail attached and with that thought, I'd be guessing again, but the thought of a type of window counter-balance weight. Again, I don't know anything, but will keep this in mind and will see if anybody knows what this "ODD" weight might be.
  3. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 2 years ago
    A counterweight would be my guess also.
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    If it was just a piece of cast it wouldn't be very interesting, but the lead & the bit of brass makes it quite intriguing. I've been scratchin my head for some time on this one.
  5. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Thanks for the L's Mani, Bellin, kerry, mrmajestic & packrat.
  6. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 2 years ago
    window counterweights are (almost) always longer than they are wide, so as not to jam up- in the tight , confined space allowed between the frame & stud(in some cases, double framed wood two sash windows. Not sayin its not, just not the most efficient design if it is.
  7. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    I would agree mikie that you're correct on your assessment of it not being a window counter weight, there would be no need for whatever the brass piece was on it.
  8. tom61375 tom61375, 11 months ago
    Maybe an old buoy marker? Love it!
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 11 months ago
    Thanks for the love on this & weighing in with a guess.
  10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 11 months ago
    very cool object and would be great to use as paperweight:)
  11. walksoftly walksoftly, 11 months ago
    Thanks for the love on this Sean, it would definitely work for that!

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