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Unidentifiable spring bar with ratchet and mounted on wooden base

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Posted 2 years ago

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Brendan
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Long U shaped round metal bar fixed to a fine wooden polished batten the back side of the fixing has twe finely made metal balls. The centre bar is spring loaded and unclips at one end. There is a ratchet with two screw fixing holes for securing the ratchet to something. I found this in an old house and have no idea what it was used for. Hope someone can identify it. Length 40cm and breadth 10cm.

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