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billretirecoll's loves309 of 1211A better picture.Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) Plique and Silver Pendants, Levinger and Bissinger, ca 1900
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    Posted 4 years ago

    Irishcolle…
    (132 items)

    This item is 29 inches long. One end is blunt, the other has a square hole about 1 3/8 inches across. In the centre it divides into 4 narrower bars. Is this simply some kind of valve key or part of a machine that connects to a drive. Any ideas?

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    Comments

    1. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      First time seeing this, is it an antique cast iron spire or rooftop finial? Just a guess nobody else has! :^D I hope that you already know! :^)
    2. Irishcollector. Irishcollector., 1 year ago
      I later posted an update for this item when I had discovered its purpose. This bar was part of the workings of a mill. As it rotated, the four central bars hit a rod connected to a hopper which caused the hopper to vibrate as the grain was fed into the grinding stones.
    3. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Thanks for that Irishcollector, I'm happy to know that! :^D It would make a nice Rooftop Finial though! Direct any lightning strikes right to the house! Insurance companies would love it! Not! :^)

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