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Posted 6 years ago


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"It" is made of wood and the attached scalloped part is metal. There is a hole at the 2 pointed ends. The second picture shows it laying flat so that the shape of the scalloped part shows (it is a half circle). This was found in my grandmother-in-law's shed 30 plus yrs. ago and I still don't know what it is !! Thank you so much for any help.

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  1. lowspeed, 6 years ago
    I think it's the top half of a cue rack.
  2. Sue15350, 6 years ago
    That's a real possibility ! My husband's uncles were in the construction business and probably tore down old buildings to remodel or rebuild. What would the bottom half of the rack looked like? Thank you so much !! Sue
  3. Sue15350, 6 years ago
    How did you figure that out? Were these common in pool halls? and in what years were these popular?
  4. cokefan, 6 years ago
    I am guessing that it is part of an antique clothes drying rack. Long wood slats would have been put into each of the slots.
  5. J. Olson, 6 years ago
    I think it could be a cast whip holder.
  6. J. Olson, 6 years ago
    Looking at this more closely, I think cokefan is correct in that it is part of a close drying rack.
  7. Sue15350, 6 years ago
    Thanks to everyone for your ideas. If it was a clothes drying rack, it could have had only 2 or 3 slats to hang clothes on. The cast part is a semi circle shape which would have made slats going out in all directions in a fan shape.
  8. cokefan, 6 years ago
    Sue, the slats would make a half fan shape. 2 or 3 slats is not very efficient for drying clothes. I believe it is a clothes drying rack and I have seen other people selling them as that.
  9. Bonnie Bonnie, 6 years ago
    Wow! What a puzzler. But I would have to agree with cokefan. I started searching (instead of doing my and found this site. There is one similar to yours and slats missing too. Hope it helps and/or gives you more leads. Keep us posted!
  10. Sue15350, 6 years ago
    I understand now ! I thought before that you meant this was one end of a drying rack and that the slats would fit between the two ends. You're saying slats would fit into each hole and make a fan shape and there would be 9 slats for hanging. The slats would probably have a hook or something to hook onto the openings on the rack. Thank you so much ! I have shown that to so many people and never got any reasonable ideas.
  11. Sue15350, 6 years ago
    Thank you Bonnie for that site !! There is a rack on there that is very similar to mine and I definitely think my mystery is solved !! I have looked and looked at this since 1969 when my mother-in-law gave it to me because she knew I liked "old stuff". She had no idea what it was. I've had it hanging on a wall in different rooms over the years and it was always a conversation piece. Thank you !!!!!
  12. cokefan, 6 years ago
    I'm glad I could help.
  13. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 6 years ago
    This piece would display very nicely with drying herbs or flowers hanging from it.Small bunches from each loop.
    Nice piece !
  14. Sue15350, 6 years ago
    Great idea about dried herbs or flowers ! Now I can look at it and KNOW what it is. This is a great site and everyone has been so nice and helpful.

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