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    Posted 8 years ago

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    Cut glass bulb (which has a small hole at the bottom) attached to a long silver stick.
    Stick stamped with the WMF mark which dates it to 19-10-1920.
    Glass bulb can be unscrewed from stick which is also hollow.
    Was told it could be a form of punch server as you can suck liquid into it.
    Any help with this mystery would be gratefully received !

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 8 years ago
      Just a guess... Could it be a cautious drummer's stick?
      Sorry for the joke, I hope some one wiser will help !
    2. kyratango kyratango, 8 years ago
      Forgot to welcome you at the CW cyber asylum ;-)
    3. TallCakes TallCakes, 8 years ago
      Tho' it is the general shape/form of typical aspergillum, it is more likely a bartenders tool; similar to cocktail layering instruments to break the flow of liquids to form layers in the serving glass. You might try contacting WFM thru their website.
    4. TallCakes TallCakes, 8 years ago
      just an opinion; to me an aspergillum is a "reach" given the maker is WFM.
    5. RussTenale RussTenale, 8 years ago
      Tallcakes ... it is WMF ... I would have a similar guess as you.
    6. TallCakes TallCakes, 8 years ago
      RT, thanks for correcting that dyslexia
    7. RussTenale RussTenale, 8 years ago
      Tallcakes, I only know that because Sean collects WMF :)
    8. Sunnybrook Sunnybrook, 8 years ago
      Kind of looks like a vintage barometer device I saw once.
    9. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 8 years ago
      Sunnybrook is kind of on the ball (pun intended). Would I be correct that there are different color objects in the glass globe?
    10. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 8 years ago
      Would you please list the measurements? I find using lint to judge scale to be haphazard at best, thank you. ;)

      T A
    11. TallCakes TallCakes, 8 years ago
      @ riply: sorry, but being a retired detective (whatever that means) hardly makes anyone an expert in identifying most any sort of collectible; you don't mention an interest in any specific area of collecting. You seem to be ignoring WMF seemingly not having a connection to any sort of ecumenical items. No one is responsible for proving anything to you; I only post an opinion with suggestions. If you are so certain of your assessment then you should be able to provide definitive evidence. FWIW & FYI, I'm just a retired architect. : )
    12. TallCakes TallCakes, 8 years ago
      me thinks you're the thin skinned one : ) & now you're "facetious"
    13. TallCakes TallCakes, 8 years ago
      you seem to want to make a point that you are a "detective" yet fail to make a connection with WMF and ecumenical wares
    14. RussTenale RussTenale, 8 years ago
      Respectfully, do not internalize this post as a tug - of - war game between two contributing CW members as yourself and TallCakes ... The poster of this has not even responded after 5 days ...
    15. RussTenale RussTenale, 8 years ago
      Yes, I see that you are helping on a lot of mystery posts, that is commendable and appreciated. Everyone should let it go, especially on this post, the poster seems to not be participating with further info ... I just wanted to say this. When two contributing members are at odds, it seems wrong. And yes, thanks you for your 30 years of service.
    16. RussTenale RussTenale, 8 years ago
      Thank you :)
      You seem to enjoy trying to solve those unsolved mysteries as I do.

      Some of them are great challenges and rather fun to ponder.

      Working on them, I think, keeps my mind sharp ... Something I need as I get older ... Gotta make sure to keep the wheels turning in my head ... Mind exercises, kind of like crossword puzzles, etc.

    17. RussTenale RussTenale, 8 years ago
      I too, although not applied to a profession, have an analytical mind ... Sometimes, as I tell others, this can be a good thing in problem solving when someone says to me constantly "wow, how did you figure that out?" and then at other times a great burden when that same person says to me "you overthink things, just stop thinking about it already" ... Well, as you know analytical minds do not have an "on and off switch"

      Well the mysteries on CW will keep you busy, just don't look for the bad guys here :)

      And to TallCakes ... My gosh, I never saw you respond to a post like that ...

      And shame on this poster for planting the seed and leaving us to fight over how to nurture it :)

    18. wrightn3, 8 years ago
      It might be a form of punch server if the silver stick has a hole in it at the end as well. The user could submerge the glass bulb into the liquid until it was sufficiently full, and then put their thumb over the hole on the end of the silver stick. Holding their thumb over the stick would be similar to sucking liquid into a straw and either putting your tongue or your thumb over one of the ends of the straw, holding the liquid in there until you release it. That way, the user could bring the bulb full of punch over to the glass and fill it when they release their thumb. The Winterthur museum has examples like this, but none with silver and definitely none with such a long stick at one end. Just a best guess
    19. wrightn3, 8 years ago
      This is a good example of such an item, called here a 'punch lifter'
    20. wrightn3, 8 years ago
      Also apparently called a 'Toddy lifter,' lots of results come up online for that
    21. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 8 years ago
      I never got my answer about the contents of the glass ball. I will throw this in anyway. Did anyone ever hear of a Galilean Thermometer? There are many variations and this wasn't an accepted one. We used these in high school but I don't remember the different meanings of the different colored balls/beads.
    22. Guardian Guardian, 8 years ago
      It's either a "holy water sprinkler" or a "honey spoon". I've a similar honey spoon that with you can carry the honey from jar to the bread and this reminds me for that the most.
    23. TallCakes TallCakes, 8 years ago
      should anyone still be interested. It took a while to hear back but this is what I got from WMF in Germany via the USA office: this item is called punch server, dated 1933

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