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This looks like a hinge but I don't think it is....anybody have any ideas? Thank you!

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    Posted 2 years ago

    mekatt1790
    (2 items)

    I found this is a garbage heap from 1880-1920....have not been able to identify what it is....any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks! Hope somebody knows what this mystery piece is all about....

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    1. Katsuripottery, 2 years ago
      I would say it is an early hinge for a lid or cover of some kind, the unusual design would allow the cover/lid to lay flat back. I think you may get some fun guesses, how about a hinge for a breastplate on a suit of armour, lol.
      regards Katsuripottery
    2. lptools, 2 years ago
      My first thought is for a barber shop razor strop!!
    3. dav2no1 dav2no1, 2 years ago
      My guess is also some sort of hinge. There's four holes on each side. Looks like they we're screwed or nailed to something.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      I think IP is on the right track.
    5. dav2no1 dav2no1, 2 years ago
      I have an older strop. And all the ones I've seen have a whole in the middle to hold the leather. When these pieces are folded together, it doesnt seem like a good hanging hook(there was apparently hand held strops too).

      On the front corner..looks like a counter sink. Cant tell from pictures if all corners have hardware?
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Lack of a convenient way to hang it is the only reason I question strop.
    7. mekatt1790, 2 years ago
      I added two more pictures which might help....I too question the strop usage, this has two squares which would hold something, not one....is that normal for a strop?
      I have to admit I had to look up a lot of pictures of strops...

      All four corners have tiny screw/fastening holes.

      Thanks for all your feedback....I'm still not sure about this tho lol.
    8. Katsuripottery, 2 years ago
      Since seeing your latest pictures and giving me an idea of size I think these are very similar to the various buckles on our old Army Webber Belts, hence the "hinge " idea. That type of buckle/link to link connection allowed the belt to easily wrap around the waist.
    9. mekatt1790, 2 years ago
      Ah, thank you. That sounds like a idea to follow up on...thanks!

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