I seem to recall seeing wood bands used to clamp cloth. How about a
beach wedding for an Irish witch? Wouldn't this item be just the thing
to fasten a veil to her pointy hat?
Suppose Inis Mor had a parking meter as a tourist attraction. They
certainly wouldn't want it exposed to salt spray in the off season. So
they put a tarp over it and fasten it with this device.
There was a second picture of it that I didn't post, it's the top one at the
link below, the bottom image is the original one that I posted already:
The longer piece was described as 'maybe 8 inches', if this is an accurate
estimate then the part that some have called a handle is about 2-1/2" long.
If it's to hold open a tea sock, the 8" piece would make the frame big
enough for a pan to support at three points. It would strain tea for
several people at once. Some say metal strainers spoil the flavor of
tea. The frame of a tea sock could well be left on a beach, especially
if the group left after dark.
I'll back off about coffee. I recall a 1948 study comparing the diet of
Irish immigrants in Boston to that of their cousins in Ireland. In
Ireland they drank little coffee but lots of tea.
I recall teabag stains on plastic cutting boards but not wood. Tea
staining works with some teas on some kinds of wood. The mystery item
is already about the color of a tea stain, and it appears to have a
finish. If somebody took the trouble to use curved wood, wouldn't he
rub in a little linseed oil so it wouldn't absorb water?
If I owned the mystery item, I'd sew a cloth bag with three loops. That
would give me a more practical strainer than using a rubber band to
fasten a cloth across the top of a pot.
Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1939) Not a "bug" (a Morse Code key which mechanically times
the spacing and duration of the dots), but one designed to send
commands to an electronic package which generates the timing of
the dots, spaces, and (I believe) the dashes as well, leaving
only the inter-letter and inter-word spaces to the user.
O.K. A quick search in Google tells me that this is called an
"Iambic keyer" -- distinguished by the dual paddles.
Hmm ... it looks as though the one used to illustrate the type
in Wikipedia is the very one you have in your question.
1940) Hmm ... for all I know -- this could be simply an exercise in
wood carving -- or a simple puzzle. To disassemble it, you
rotate the part opposite the "spur" 90 degrees and work the two
tabs out through the slots. Once that is done, the remaining
shorter piece can be similarly removed from the longer one.
It might be an example of folk jewelry.
1941) Intersting -- combination chair and step ladder. The back
pivots forward with two-thirds of the seat, putting the extra
steps above the first two. And the number matches my birth
year -- FWIW. :-)
1942) Looks like part of a high frequency antenna.
At a guess two bands. I'm too lazy to calculate the probable
1943) Part of the harness for allowing a horse (or perhaps an ox) to
draw a heavy load.
1944) A message tube for military or diplomatic messages? It looks
as though the end caps remove -- either a friction fit, or
a threaded fit.
Now to see what others have suggested.
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