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Does anyone know what this is? Answered

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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gmoon

8 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.

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mutantpoptartgmoon

Reply 8 years ago

It is a shuttle HERE is something similar with the "mechanism" as well, really nice piece of engineering!

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gmoonmutantpoptart

Reply 8 years ago

Great example, mas0. That is indeed one cool piece of tech. Makes you remember how loom technology influenced early computer development...

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kathmonkeymutantpoptart

Reply 8 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...

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kathmonkeykathmonkey

Reply 8 years ago

I mean, of course, amazing EXAMPLES - gmoon and mas0, you were both instrumental in solving this, thank you so much!

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unanonymous

8 years ago

looks like a stationary mousetrap

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kelseymhunanonymous

Reply 8 years ago

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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electrodyne

8 years ago

It's an old sanding block.

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zascecs

8 years ago

If I told you, do I get a coffee too?

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nickodemus

8 years ago

I have absolutely no idea what it is. But, please tell us what it is if you find out. :D

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Tool Using Animal

8 years ago

Just a guess.

An old fashioned deadfall mouse trap. The wire arrangement looks like a trip. The hole in the handle would have had a weighted rod that fell when the trigger was tripped.

However, the metal(?) teeth along the front would be "wrong", so unless some craftsman repurposed another tool, I'm completely wrong.