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Woodstove damper lever?
 
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Some sort of mould (mold)? For soap, or maybe cheese?  Either that or a grinder/nut cracker?
 
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Grinder/nutcracker is the closest so far. It would most likely be used in a kitchen, and is not part of something, but rather a complete device.
 
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Jordan Holland wrote:Grinder/nutcracker is the closest so far. It would most likely be used in a kitchen, and is not part of something, but rather a complete device.


My mother had an old coffee grinder that was a closed box like that (but not mounted on a wall)-- in Brazil I've seen wall mounted ones, but never a closed box design. Does anything go in or come out?
 
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Tereza Okava wrote:

Jordan Holland wrote:Grinder/nutcracker is the closest so far. It would most likely be used in a kitchen, and is not part of something, but rather a complete device.


My mother had an old coffee grinder that was a closed box like that (but not mounted on a wall)-- in Brazil I've seen wall mounted ones, but never a closed box design. Does anything go in or come out?



Many would have considered this as essential as a coffee grinder in it's day, for sure. It's job could have been done without it (even a rock would have sufficed), but this would have been the Rolls-Royce of it's time.  You could say something does go in and come back out after use, but not as small pieces, but rather as a whole unit.
 
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Ok, so something "large" goes in, and it comes out as a compressed block with the degree of compression based on the number of turns of the handle.

No idea what you'd want to do that to with it mounted on the wall - I compress sausage meat with turns of a handle, but I'd sure not want the juice sliding down a wall!
 
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Jay Angler wrote:Ok, so something "large" goes in, and it comes out as a compressed block with the degree of compression based on the number of turns of the handle.

No idea what you'd want to do that to with it mounted on the wall - I compress sausage meat with turns of a handle, but I'd sure not want the juice sliding down a wall!


No compression. The item is the same size before and after processing, just modified to make it usable.
Another hint is that it contains a magnet...
 
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I had wondered at one time if it was a handle for cranking up the magneto for a telephone, which your comment about the magnet is making me revisit...but the presence of a hinge and the ability to get the same effect using a rock make that seem really unlikely. It's not a really fancy telegraph key, is it? But I don't know anyone who would have had one in their house, and I think you said this was a household object.

This item is a serious challenge!
 
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Is it for rolling cigarettes?
 
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Nope and nope. It's actually a really common item even today, just a fancy version from the days before electricity. It's one of those things that never really needed to be electrified, except for maybe people with arthritis or other issues with hand strength, which I imagine this version would have helped out tremendously with it's long crank handle. I'm surprised no one figured it out while fixing a meal, but then I think a lot of permies are shying away from this type of thing due to some concerns about the true healthiness of the subject matter.
 
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Is it a green bean 'frencher'? Or a salt grinder?
 
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Carla Burke wrote:Is it a green bean 'frencher'? Or a salt grinder?


It does nothing to salt. When I saw "green bean" I thought you had it, but no, it does not "french" them...
 
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Jordan, is it a can opener?
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Anne Miller wrote:Jordan, is it a can opener?


Hey look at that!
 
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Anne Miller wrote:Jordan, is it a can opener?


Yes! I'm surprised no one has seen one before. My grandparents had one, but maybe they were unique, or maybe it's a regional thing. Apparently, modern ones are still in production. Looks like Kevin found the exact model.
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My turn - something I'm thinking about getting, from a local antique shop...
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Is it a washing machine?
 
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I'm thinking more like a butter churn or cream separator type thing?
 
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I found an article explaining how butter churns without paddles work -because that was a question that was bugging me about this thread - and it has a photo of what looks like the same brand of churn.

https://www.webpal.org/SAFE/aaarecovery/2_food_storage/Eggs/Wood_Butter_Churns_1.html
 
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Two apples, this time! Y'all are GOOD!! Funny thing is, the seller actually has it listed as a washing machine! I think he may have been guessing. On the other hand, I bet it would work, even though the loads would have to be very small. The whole thing stands maybe 2.5 ft (30 inches), at most.
 
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Yes, Andrea deserves an apple for that excellent link - amazing how ingenious humans have been to turn mechanical energy into butter in so many different ways!

@ Carla - have you tried it out yet? I recall you have animals that may give milk? Or did you get it just for show?
 
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@ Carla - have you tried it out yet? I recall you have animals that may give milk? Or did you get it just for show?


I didn't get it - just thinking about it - and at $175, thinking is probably all I'll do, lol. But, it was just too cool not to share, here!
 
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This one has had me stumped for a week.  It seems likely to be some sort of clamp, but what does it clamp?  It might clamp over something round/tubular the long way, but that item would need two holes in it.  Meanwhile in the perpendicular direction, the serrated half moon seems to match up with the round end of the U-bold to suggest clamping about a 1" piece of pipe or conduit, but the half-circle "upper" of the two clampy bits doesn't have any sort of matching notch.  I'm sure I'll feel stupid when somebody tells me...
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I think it's a bracket for a television antenna.
 
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I cna't find the specific one you have. but it looks very similar to a Universal U-Bolt and Nest Assembly
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Here's something that my parents used when I was a kid. The two pieces fittogether.
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Oh - we had one of those ice cube trays when I was a kid. A friend recently bought a stainless steel version (I think our old one was aluminium.)
In some ways the plastic ones are more convenient, but I'm getting really tired of plastic waste, so I may have to splurge when/if the ones I've got die.
 
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The trick to the metal ones is to put them into the freezer empty, and use a (clean, dedicated) watering can with a very narrow spout to only fill them about halfway. No spilling, and easier to bust them loose.
 
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We have a winner. Good job, Jay. Obviously a metal ice cube tray was too easy, but the twenty-somethings in my household had no idea what it was.

This is the ice cube tray from the first refrigerator my parents ever owned, a white Westinghouse which they bought after we moved from Wales to Canada in the 1960s. In fact, it was the first refrigerator anyone on either side of the family had ever owned. When we went back to Wales when I was 4, the fridge got crated up and travelled over with us on the ship, as my mother didn't want to go back to keeping food in a pantry. I think there wasn't anywhere to plug it in at my grandmother's house in Wales, though. When we moved back to Canada, the fridge got crated up again and went back with us on another ship. My mother eventually got a harvest gold fridge in the 1970s and sold the old white one but kept the ice cube tray as a memento.

Carla, that's good advice. I will have to try that technique.
 
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I found this device in the forest.  

The cylinder seemed to have a roll of some rusty material, maybe metal, (perhaps wind-up a sheet metal spring?), inside it.  It was at the site of a rotted out cabin.

I am lost trying to figure out what it is for, it seems appropriate for this thread.
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Philip McGarvey wrote:I found this device in the forest.  

The cylinder seemed to have a roll of some rusty material, maybe metal, (perhaps wind-up a sheet metal spring?), inside it.  It was at the site of a rotted out cabin.

I am lost trying to figure out what it is for, it seems appropriate for this thread.



One thing that popped into my head was that it could be part of an old (1920s or so) telephone. The cylinder with the handle on top is clearly electrical, and could be the generator that powered the signal to the central switchboard that you wanted them for a connection. One way or another, I'm about 90% sure that it's basically electrical in one way or another
 
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Maybe part of an old phonograph? I see some similarities to photos partway through these instructions for fixing one.

https://www.intertique.com/AmberolaRepair.html
 
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Andrea Locke wrote:Maybe part of an old phonograph? I see some similarities to photos partway through these instructions for fixing one.

https://www.intertique.com/AmberolaRepair.html



That *does* look similar, doesn't it? I suspect you're more likely to be right than my guess was
 
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The same website had another article showing photos of Edison phonograph parts, that has a clearer image of something similar to the cabin find.

https://www.intertique.com/EdisonPhonographTutorial.html

This image in particular -

 
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Hey All,

Please forgive me for using google images!

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Thanks for this Alex - making sense of imperial measurements: Gunter's chain
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