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Does anyone know what this is?

It's sitting on a shelf in a coffee shop in Bristol, UK, and the owner of the place has promised my dad a free coffee if he can tell him what it is.

Apparently it's about 6 inches long by about 4 inches high by about 3 inches deep.

Any ideas anyone?

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gmoon6 years ago
Possibly a loom shuttle, or something related to looms and weaving...

The wooden "teeth" look like a gear rack, so the thing likely moved side-to-side in a mechanism.
It is a shuttle HERE is something similar with the "mechanism" as well, really nice piece of engineering!

well found.

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Great example, mas0. That is indeed one cool piece of tech. Makes you remember how loom technology influenced early computer development...
kathmonkey (author)  mutantpoptart6 years ago
I love you. MONTHS I've been trying to find out what this dang thing is, and you are the amazing example of humankind who did it! Now, if only I could find other examples of it...
kathmonkey (author)  kathmonkey6 years ago
I mean, of course, amazing EXAMPLES - gmoon and mas0, you were both instrumental in solving this, thank you so much!
Nice one! +1
uhhhhh nope!:)
unanonymous6 years ago
looks like a stationary mousetrap
I'm guessing you didn't read the featured comment, which has the correct answer, even including a photograph of another artifact with the geared base.
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