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Thomas Staubo
07-22-2014, 03:52 PM
This is a "thing" one of my friends had lying around, and we all wondered what it could be.
I didn't take any measurements, but it's about 30cm or 12" long.
On the small end is a squarish notch, about 5mm wide (3/16"-7/32").
No markings that I can recall.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2903/14545167495_49a9cfb8c3.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oaiMxV)26112008026 (https://flic.kr/p/oaiMxV) by Agaton Sax (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3905/14543645814_4c64b1774e.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oaaZd3)26112008025 (https://flic.kr/p/oaaZd3) by Agaton Sax (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

Just curious, no value in this.

dp
07-22-2014, 05:13 PM
A rack for an automobile's windshield wiper mechanism?

Thomas Staubo
07-22-2014, 06:20 PM
In that case, for an ancient automobile. I can't see how, though...

MaxxLagg
07-22-2014, 06:48 PM
I vote for a tent stake or some other device to anchor something to the ground such as at miniature windmill ornament for your yard.

Duffy
07-22-2014, 07:28 PM
A fish scaler, missing its wooden handle, (driven on the small end.)

Thomas Staubo
07-22-2014, 07:34 PM
I vote for a tent stake or some other device to anchor something to the ground such as at miniature windmill ornament for your yard.
Mmmmm, no...

The "teeth" along one side are shaped for some kind of linear "indexing" (or adjustment), I think.
They are shaped so a "peg" or an "edge" will easily slip into the desired notch, but will not cam out under stress.

Could well be some agricultural artefact, maybe part of a machine. I don't think it's a tool, but could be wrong..

boslab
07-22-2014, 09:37 PM
Looks like some sort of pressed rack gear?
Mark

JoeLee
07-22-2014, 10:00 PM
I vote for a tent stake or some other device to anchor something to the ground such as at miniature windmill ornament for your yard. Doesn't look like either end was designed to be driven into the ground.

JL.................

JoeLee
07-22-2014, 10:02 PM
Mmmmm, no...

The "teeth" along one side are shaped for some kind of linear "indexing" (or adjustment), I think.
They are shaped so a "peg" or an "edge" will easily slip into the desired notch, but will not cam out under stress.

Could well be some agricultural artefact, maybe part of a machine. I don't think it's a tool, but could be wrong.. I have to go with this.
Perhaps an adjustment lever for an old tractor, mower deck height adjustment etc.

JL............

Gazz
07-22-2014, 10:06 PM
I think it is part of a jar opening device. There were two pieces like you have and a central gear that was operated by a simple handle. As you turned the handle, the two jaws drew together and then gripped the jar lid and as you continued to turn, it would translate the energy to unscrewing the lid. https://www.google.com/search?q=jar+opening+device&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=yRfPU9mvC4abyASPyYGQDA&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=963#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=V9W5SjtMjPhYKM%253A%3B_nQXIEPM5NBPSM%3Bhttp% 253A%252F%252Fdontlose.files.wordpress.com%252F200 9%252F02%252Ftwister-jar-opener.jpg%253Fw%253D468%2526h%253D468%3Bhttp%253A %252F%252Fdontlose.wordpress.com%252F%3B468%3B468

Black Forest
07-23-2014, 01:31 AM
It looks like a wire cable would be fitted to the small end and the rack part would go through a slot in a metal piece. To adjust the speed of something such as the apron of a manure spreader. There is a ratcheting mechanism on the other end of the cable that is spring loaded to pull on the cable. The small 90 degree end is where you would pull to take the pressure off the teeth and move to another tooth.

gambler
07-23-2014, 01:39 AM
part of a parking brake lever.

Thomas Staubo
07-25-2014, 07:14 PM
Hehe, many creative suggestions here now.

I suspect Black Forest (and JoeLee) may be onto something...
...but I can't recall any traces or signs of a crimped-in wire cable in the small end. I didn't think of that.

Would be fun to find out what it's for.

bruto
07-27-2014, 10:18 AM
I think the kitchen is the likeliest possibility. I seem to recall similar cheap rack stampings used in lower-end bottle cappers.

A.K. Boomer
07-27-2014, 10:27 AM
I think its a chicken feather remover,,, ahh dang but you would have to be left handed,,, ok highly unlikely

Thomas Staubo
07-27-2014, 05:20 PM
i think its a chicken feather remover,,, ahh dang but you would have to be left handed,,, ok highly unlikely

lol ;)

CarlByrns
07-27-2014, 05:27 PM
It looks like part of the grill height adjustment for a brazier-style bbq grill.

Thomas Staubo
07-28-2014, 01:25 PM
Don't want to immediately shoot down answers that I don't believe in at first....
Remember the Victorian picture nail, that surprised everybody?

I can see what you mean CarlByrns, but some of the features of this mystery object don't fit in with that IMHO.