Posted 4 years ago
This item is 9.5 inches long. I found it in the bottom of a box of tools bought at a market. The bar is brass and has a hole in its end like a clock key. It is stamped with the letters GBN in a diamond with Bavaria underneath. A google search reveals that this is the mark of the German toy makers Gebruder Bing and that this mark was used between 1908 and 1925.
I presume that this gadget was attached to a toy and a string wound around the brass bar. Pulling the string caused the bar to spin which activated the toy in some way. If I am right does anyone know what kind of toy this originally came with.