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    guesses on what this thing is???

    One of the regulars over on my trapping forum found this brass piece and is trying to figure out what it was used for. This gentleman lives in rural Alberta and is very mechanical, much more than I'll ever be. I told him that there was a lot of knowledge about machinery on this forum so please take a look if you want. He wondered why it would have been made from brass???



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    Rog, not sure what it is as I've never seen one before but it's my guess that it's brass to either withstand the elements or was just a material that was around in plenty. I had a compass that was encased in brass once apon a time. Gave it to my father as a gift.

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    For your viewing pleasure: (The images are linked from the original poster over in the Trapping forum so they may disappear at any time)







    Maybe military?

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    I hate stuff like this...now I'm going to think about it all night. LOL

    Looks like the center out of some sort of small pulley or winch...something they wrapped cord on?

    ...something off of a boat...flagpole?

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    its a jiggy-a-bob
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    If those rings adjust to close the slit my guess is is held gun powder and was used to reload or its a jiggy-a-bob lol
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    My guess and only guessing used in instrument of some type with the knurled knobs and numbing being maybe QA references. Brass is also used when the tools need to be "spark proof". Love these challenges!

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    Really looking forward to an answer

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    I was thinking some sort of belt went on it but brass wouldn't typically be tough enough to be long lasting as a pully/roller type of thing unless its turning was not very fast and/or forceful such as Big Burt suggested an instrument. I'll guess two things, 1) its probably older than me (52), and 2) it wasn't made in China

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    Dakota,

    Is there any chance your contact could take a few more photos from more angles? For one, I'm curious to see if the grooves around the back of the two cup-like things are spiral, like screw threads, or just go straight around.

    I'm kinda wondering if it was some sort of old-style electrical fuse clip, where one half of this doodad was connected to each end of a big round fuse and the bumps on the ends clipped into something else. So the 2 halves were only put together to keep the parts from getting lost.

    It also looks like this device doesn't actually hold itself together any more than loosely... unless the grooves we cannot see are spiral.

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    My guesses.
    1. Scent Box that would be left with a trap. 2. Bait box for old crab traps.
    3. Cricket box
    4. Hand seed sower that would be rolled along the row?

    The glare on the numbers and the makers mark are hard to see, maybe a video of how it goes together ,comes apart.

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    After looking at that thing for far too long I came up with a wire dispenser of some kind? Due to the smooth inside cups and the slot it looks like a spool of wire? Could spin inside of it freely. Then maybe a leather belt with button holes it it to snap on the brass buttons for a handle.
    Oh well I guess I’m over tired. Good night!

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    Hmmmm, that one sounds good. If not wire how about some sort of heavy thread, like wool?? Maybe part of a loom then? I think they used to raise a good number of woolies in Alberta back in the day.

    Here are some more pictures and trappintime's greater description down towards the current bottom of the thread (that forum doesn't number the individual posts) . He says he won't be taking the pixs down.

    http://www.wild-about-trapping.com/f...192462#p192462

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    My guess is it's definitely for storage of some sort and that it serves no purpose unless something is inside it.

    Considering it comes in 2 pieces, I would also assume that if it should be filled with something, it's either made to be filled AFTER it's put together, or only filled half-way.

    From the size of the slot opening when it's put together, can't help but think it's the perfect size for a quarter as if it was some kind of small antique piggy bank for change... (quarters added up quick back then) But the shape of the container itself, and the nubs on each end wouldn't make much sense if that was true.

    What else might fit in the hole?

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    ...some kind of line splice for tension?

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    guesses on what this thing is???

    I looked for a few hours last night. Wire or cord dispenser seems close. The closest thing I could find to it was a vintage tape measure. It defiantly seems to be dispenser, but whatever it is, it is neat.
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    I was thinking some sort of dispenser, too, but looking at the inside of the slot where the wire, string, whatever would be expected to come out--it isn't worn at all. The edges of the brass are still square and sharp, like it was never used....???

    Jon.

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    I was thinking maybe dynamite fuse holder dispenser, don't look like it would hold a lot but enough that you wouldn't have to carry a large roll of it around.
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    Seems like your missing parts. Because it's clean and bright inside i figure it must have been sealed or full of something.The buttons and rounded corners of the cylinder appear t be polished. Possibly a spool of some type?


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