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CAST IRON SHELL GASOLINE item... what was it used for?

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Posted 12 months ago

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These two cast iron items featuring SHELL GASOLINE iconic trademark symbol came out of an old estate. Trying to find information on what they where originally used for. They are 9 inches tall x 8 inches wide x 3 1/4 inches deep, they have 2 sunken holes 1 3/8 diameter, as to hold bolts, hole 1 inch diameter. They are heavy pieces each weighing 5 pounds. They are blacken as seen in the picture provided and that all appears original. My original thoughts were that they were gasoline pump tops, but I have not been able to locate anything like them thus far. Any information on these oddities is appreciated

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 months ago
    Bookends ???
  2. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 12 months ago
    Even if they weren't intended as bookends, looks like they'd make a good pair anyway?! :-) Their 'bolt holes' are indeed a curiosity, making me wonder if these might have been part of some sort of tire machine, or otherwise 'heavy duty' thing...?
  3. Regan_The_Grunt, 12 months ago
    sure they could be mounted and repurpose as bookend or definitely as a desk feature.

    I agree AnythingObscure that the curiosity of the bolt holes do indicate that these 5 pounders were secured to a much heavier piece and were not meant to be removed too easily, being 2 large bolts to be removed. Hopefully someone may have a clue as to what... as all the sites I have searched I haven't seen anything that has these attached nor even just the piece.
  4. OlofZ OlofZ, 12 months ago
    Fancy ink wells for the office desk?

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