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Tools and Hardware4998 of 6188Hammerhead TelegraphPrince Ober's house building tools 1890-1910
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Posted 5 years ago


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Found this when cleaning out a shed, it weighs 98ounces, or 6.13 lb, it has two inset attachment holes on top (one recess has some lead in it third photo)
It is 3 5/8" in diameter & 3 " high
On the bottom, fourth photo is remnants of brass, may have been a pointer.

Could be a weight or a large plumb bob, but I have never seen a plumb bob with 2 attachment points. There could be something missing, that went in the holes.

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  1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
    My first thought was a ball that mounts on the top of an andiron. But I doubt they would have used any lead because of the low melting point. Sure is odd looking.
  2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
    I really don't have a clue, but with the hole location, I would guess that it had a wire type bail attached and with that thought, I'd be guessing again, but the thought of a type of window counter-balance weight. Again, I don't know anything, but will keep this in mind and will see if anybody knows what this "ODD" weight might be.
  3. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 5 years ago
    A counterweight would be my guess also.
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    If it was just a piece of cast it wouldn't be very interesting, but the lead & the bit of brass makes it quite intriguing. I've been scratchin my head for some time on this one.
  5. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the L's Mani, Bellin, kerry, mrmajestic & packrat.
  6. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 5 years ago
    window counterweights are (almost) always longer than they are wide, so as not to jam up- in the tight , confined space allowed between the frame & stud(in some cases, double framed wood two sash windows. Not sayin its not, just not the most efficient design if it is.
  7. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    I would agree mikie that you're correct on your assessment of it not being a window counter weight, there would be no need for whatever the brass piece was on it.
  8. tom61375, 4 years ago
    Maybe an old buoy marker? Love it!
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Thanks for the love on this & weighing in with a guess.
  10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    very cool object and would be great to use as paperweight:)
  11. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Thanks for the love on this Sean, it would definitely work for that!

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