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    Posted 4 years ago

    betweenthe…
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    I just purchased this at our local consignment shop. The owner doesn't know what it is, and neither do I. Does anyone on here have any idea what this piece is?

    Each side is 5" x 3 3/8". The metal piece at the top slides all the way out. Each side has round depressions at the bottom. One side has one, another side has two, and so on up to four. The other squarish holes on each side are cut at an angle. There are two metal bands held with nails going around the top and bottom of the piece.

    Thanks in advance!

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    1. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Thanks, bobby725. Any guesses as to what this might be?
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      No. But I'm sure waiting to hear .
    3. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Thanks, blunderbuss2. I am as well!!! I'm so curious!
    4. bobby725 bobby725, 4 years ago
      is the metal piece at the top a straight shaft or are there notches or grooves in it?
      possibly a puzzle box of some sort? do you know how it`s built on the inside? I would try putting a marble in one of the upper holes just to see where it comes out. Just guessing!! Cool piece!!
    5. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Bobby, it is straight. No notches or grooves. There appears to be a carved block inside and the outside is comprised of panels covering the inside block. If I drop a bead into the top hole, it runs out the bottom hole of the opposite side. It goes straight through at a 45 degree angle.
    6. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love, Caperkid. Any ideas???
    7. bobby725 bobby725, 4 years ago
      Well, as far as I`m concerned, it`s got to be a puzzle box, because it has me puzzled!
    8. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Very true, Bobby.
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      After I left this earlier, I started thinking, maybe a prop for a magic trick. Now, what trick ?
    10. bobby725 bobby725, 4 years ago
      what is the purpose of the hole in the bottom, is that metal around it? can you pick it up by the loop or does it just pull out? also I just noticed that the openings at the top are the same size as the bottom ones, they just have the metal band covering them. just wondering why!
    11. AzTom AzTom, 4 years ago
      Wow! This may take awhile,lol

      So you can't pick it up by the handle as it pulls right out? It looks like it may have once come out the bottom? Does it look like it may have been broken off?
      Are the square holes the exact some size on every side?

      It's odd that the top metal band would be covering part of the hole, unless they were added later.
    12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Band doesn't look like an add-on AZ, but period. Put there to confuse us & throw us off !
    13. fleafinder fleafinder, 4 years ago
      Is this a traditional shower head? strange!
    14. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Blunderbuss2, I was thinking that as well. The round depressions at the bottom of each side must mean something, right?

      Bobby, there is no metal around the bottom hole. It's just smoothed wood. There is a kind of groove at the top, and if one turns the handle just so, it fits snugly so the piece can be picked up by the handle. If the handle isn't turned just so, it will slide right out. Yes, the metal band covering the openings at the top is strange as well.

      AzTom, thanks for the love! The larger holes at the bottom are all 1.25" x 13/16". The top holes are all 1" x 6/8". The metal handle looks like it's been cut on the end. (It is flat and has a silvery sheen to it.) Was it cut to fit the block or cut afterwards?

      Fleafinder, I don't think it would work as a shower head but then again, who knows? Why the round depressions at the bottom?

      My husband thinks there is a diagonal groove cut into a block of wood from the top to the bottom on all four sides then a thin piece of wood was nailed over each side. The top is part of the original block of wood that was on the inside. The hole drilled through the center of the block does not touch the diagonal grooves. He also thinks the handle piece once protruded through the bottom and a clip of sorts was used on the bottom to hold it in place. He thinks it was maybe cut so the piece will sit flat, maybe as a decorative piece. Surely, though, I don't think a decorative piece was its initial purpose.

      Thanks for the love, TassieDevil, racer4four, fortapache, ravage60, and ttomtucker!
    15. bobby725 bobby725, 4 years ago
      The series of round holes on the sides have me baffled, are they all located near the rectangle opening like 3 and 4 are? also there seems to be wear around the openings, almost like it was a hopper for some kind of material. We need UncleRon to look at this!!!
    16. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      The circular depressions (I changed "holes" to "depressions" in the description since they don't go all the way through and are only indentions or depressions.) are in the same spot on all four sides. Where is UncleRon? Tell him we need his help!
    17. lsmouz, 4 years ago
      Not sure what the use is, but possibly this could this have sat on a fence post, or a post along a stairway, with a metal peg coming out of the top of the post. Then when a person wanted to make it portable again, they would turn the handle to make it stay in place and carry it away.
      Does the condition appear that it spent a lot of time outside?
    18. AzTom AzTom, 4 years ago
      "AzTom, thanks for the love! The larger holes at the bottom are all 1.25" x 13/16". The top holes are all 1" x 6/8"

      But are they exact same size on all four sides? If they differ some, and that may even be up inside the box, it could be some type of sorting devise. That would also explain the depressions. The only reason I can think of them being there is to identify each side.

      I'm still not convinced the bands are original. They are rather crude in construction compared to the box, and they used different nails. All the nails on the bands are not even the same.
    19. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Lsmouz, it does look like it could be a finial of sorts, just by virtue of its shape; however, the holes and depressions are very curious and don't seem to be purely decorative. The piece is not terribly weathered so I don't think it was an outdoor piece. It looks like maybe it spent time in a barn or maybe it's just very old.

      AzTom, the holes are the exact same size on each side. A sorting device makes sense, but when the holes are the same, it doesn't make sense. So maybe the bands were added later to hold the piece together? It's driving me kind of crazy and I'm rather sorry I bought it although it was cheap.

      Thanks for everyone's comments. Keep them coming! Maybe we'll figure this out.
    20. bobby725 bobby725, 4 years ago
      UncleRon where are you?? We need knowledge!!
    21. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Ron. Meaning abstract knowledge that you usually possess ! LOL !! I've reached my outer limits.
    22. bobby725 bobby725, 4 years ago
      For some reason this item really has my interest!! mainly the 1 thru 4 indents on the sides,. Wish it could talk!!
    23. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Bobby and blunderbuss, I also contacted the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association. I know this is probably not a tool, but they have a neat website that has a collection of interesting items where they explain the purpose of each, if they know the purpose. This object has them stumped, too. Here's the website: http://www.mwtca.org/whats-it.html
    24. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love, brunswick and SEAN68.
    25. bobby725 bobby725, 4 years ago
      RobH can you solve this one?
    26. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Thank you, jscott0363 and iggy.
    27. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Thank you, officialfuel and ho2cultcha.
    28. beyemvey beyemvey, 4 years ago
      Whatever the original purpose it is a great conversation piece :-) Cheers! - Bob
    29. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Thank you, Bob!
    30. hanksjames hanksjames, 4 years ago
      Old timers would set this on a jar,and when a bee or wasp would go up the angled hole ,the only light they could see was the hole on the bottom and when they went out the bottom they would be trapped.
    31. hanksjames hanksjames, 4 years ago
      P.s.The small holes indents on the side attracted carpenter bees .And when I said set it on a jar I should of said they tacked the mason jar lid to the bottom to screw the jar on.
    32. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Thank you, bijoucaillouvintage. Thanks so much, hanksjames.
    33. Peterdrury Peterdrury, 4 years ago
      funny isnt it that we all would buy silly things that we dont need and dont even know what they are. lol
    34. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      I agree, Peterdrury. Very amusing!
    35. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Thank you, kyratango!
    36. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 3 years ago
      Thank you for the love, cindyjune!
    37. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 3 years ago
      Thank you for the love, Trey.

      Does anyone not have any idea, still, as to what this is? It's still driving me crazy!
    38. bobby725 bobby725, 3 years ago
      I think hanksjames is right.
    39. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 3 years ago
      But Bobby, when I looked up one of those contraptions, it really doesn't look like this. And why does this have that metal piece, which can be removed, running through it?

      Thanks so much for the love, pw-collector, T., and Ron!

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