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Posted 6 years ago


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I am very curious to know what this was used on or with. It is 3 inches tall and about 1 3/4 inches across. It wieghs about 2 pounds. As you can see it is acorn shaped. My guess is a counter wieght for something.... but what? Has anyone come across one of these before? We found it while cleaning out an old farm house.

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  1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
    Looks like a plumb bob to me. If it is cast it is old. New ones are brass.
  2. neat.old.stuff neat.old.stuff, 6 years ago
    Thanks fhrjr2, I thought about that but it seemed large and heavy for one. But sure could be.
  3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 years ago
    I have five pound plumb bobs that were used when Rockerfeller Plaza was built up in Albany NY. Distance you are hanging it dictates the weight you use. Actually 2 pounds is about average for general carpentry.
  4. neat.old.stuff neat.old.stuff, 6 years ago
    Thanks again fhrjr2, that's interesting

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