That's what I was going to guess (though I think I'd drop that last
"e"), though it's hard to tell without being able to see the surface
of the rod, which would have fine ridges (like a big file). I remember
we had one in the house when I was growing up, that my dad used to
sharpen the carving knives and such.
 OTOH, maybe that's Remington's brother?
Found--the gene that causes belief in genetic determinism
It makes perfect sense..it's funny how you can evolved ideas for granted.
The closest I got to learning anything like that in school was learning
about the "dumb waiter". Do they still put "counter-weights" in new windows?
It's not a doorbell, the rope in the front probably went to a foot pedal,
steppiug on it would have brought the metal parts closer together. The base
of it was most likely attached to a table or workbench.
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