Looking at the first picture, I jump to the conclusion that this is a
mill. The millstone rolls in circles on its periphery. The central
post is upside-down, and its upper projection forms the central pivot.
Then, quickly looking at the next two pictures, I get confused...
There is no room for a draft animal to go round between the brick circle
and the nearby post. The working periphery of the millstone is very
rough, so it cannot be used to grind to a powder. There is no way to
collect a liquid if this mill is used to extract a fluid or juice or oil
Then the fourth and fifth picture confuse the driving situation. The
frame is a yoke for a draft animal with the sheave driving a belt to the
mill. But the draft animal would have to step or jump over the belt?
Is it possible that the yoke, post and sheave are upside-down?
I can't immediately think of a farm product that is produced or used in
quantity that would be made by this crushing mill.
On 7/5/2012 4:05 AM, Rob H. wrote:
The bottom of the bricked circular ring (enlarge the pic) appears to
have a "concrete" or stone bottom. The contents in the ring appears
to be wood chips, but not sure if this is there for demo purposes,
relative to use of the "tool". There is no debris, as this, anywhere
else, nearby... only within the ring. It certainly doesn't appear as
a typical gristmill.
For grinding coal? I don't know why coal would need to be ground,
though. I don't think this tool is indigenous to my area, so I have
no idea about regions of the country with coal, hence the guess.
2599, either artifact of Fred Flinstone's car, or maybe a millstone for
2600, I suspect a crimper for electronic cable connector.
2601, that's familiar gadget. I think opening paint cans, carrying paint
cans (wire handle) and can't think of the third.
2602, probably for holding the corners of furniture, while the glue dries.
2603, Goliath's combat helmet. The chin strap is missing, typically made of
sewn leather. Or, it could be a kettle for boiling syrup from sap.
2604, totally no clue.
Christopher A. Young
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This week's set has been posted:
2603 - Is a syrup kettle, for making syrup in. Sugar cane juice is
squeezed from the sugar cane and the juice runs, via a trough, into
this pot to be cooked down into syrup. We have a pic of my
grandfather's syrup mill with the horse spinning the press, which
squeezes the cane to extract the juice.
Today, many of these kettles are used for flower bed displays (think
of a large hanging flower pot, but on the ground, not hanging) or for
some feature of lawn decor.
2599 - Old grinding wheel. The pivot is upside down. Could be used for
grains or to grind limestone for chinking/mortar. The last picture is a
different style but used to make flour normally.
2600 - Strain relief pliers.
2603 - Looks like an old tanning pot for liming hides.
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