Here is the owner's description of the brass cylinder:
"My concern is that it is an old IED or anti personnel mine. Solid brass.
'Plunger' moves freely (spins) however I'm not going to depress it to find out
it does anything. Threaded endcap on one end. Shaking it reveals something
that sounds an awful lot like gun powder."
Carbide lamp vessel? Pump one shot of water in with a push of the
As opposed to drip, it would require more attention, but you could more
completely control it.
The "X" marks look more like certification marks than an explanation that
it might explode! <G>
2941 Looks like a ferriers mark, probably used on the horses breast
plate in show.
everything else is guessed.
2946, a water company or gas companies tool. Used for opening the lid to
a meter keys to shutoff the same.
Good guess! It is indeed for holding fireplace tools, as shown on the link at my
answer for it.
No luck yet on the brass item but the rest of the answers have been posted:
Comment: Whoever stamped X (five times) on #2942 really meant business!
I'm still leaning toward "vehicle fire extinguisher", but I'm darn
curious to know the truth!
Maybe it was for a boat or motorcycle? That still doesn't explain the
depth of the X's (5 of them)
They do seem short for a fireplace, but most all of the ones that I've found on
the web say they are fireplace tools. I looked for an old advertisement but
didn't find one.
The photo was shot in an antique mall, where numerous small items are displayed
on any flat surface available, so I don't think the knight is related to the
Tappan stove, it just happened to be placed there.
I didn't see any similar knights with bar tools, maybe someone re-purposed one
for their bar.
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