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Had this kicking around for a bit and was wondering what it was. Solid iron and no markings. Thanks

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uspocsm
uspocsm

Best Answer 8 years ago

Used by the post office they are mounted on a pipe rack to hold mail sacks open

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mole1
mole1

8 years ago

Looks like a latch. The hole allows attachment to one part - with enough play to allow turning. The hook slides around a projection on the other part . The flat blob part is the 'handle' ... well, actually the curve between the hook and the blob is where you push to open the latch. Useful where you don't want things projecting much beyond the surface.

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onrust
onrust

Answer 7 years ago

good work. but it was used as stated above

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mole1
mole1

Answer 7 years ago

No problem. Happy Solstice Season!

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mole1
mole1

Answer 7 years ago

Thanks. I associate these with boats. But It's a good shape for lots of things, and they really would make good hooks... just lift the 'blob' to release whatever was hanging on it?

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Vyger
Vyger

8 years ago

Crooked auto mechanics used them for cutting the belts in cars. When they would check the oil (which they used to do at full service gas stations) they would hook the belt and slice it enough that you would have to buy a new one from them, plus the installation.

Probably not, but -----

It's an early letter opener, or maybe a box cutter.

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CatTrampoline
CatTrampoline

Answer 8 years ago

The edges look rounded on this item. I don't see any sharp cutting edges.

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Burf
Burf

8 years ago

I'm not 100% certain about the name but my dad had a similar but much larger one that he called a "block hook."
The ring portion at the top was slipped over a shackle bolt secured to a heavy overhead timber. Then a chain hoist's top ring was slipped over the curved portion of the "block hook." The hoist could then be easily removed when it was no longer needed. The depth of the curved portion of the "block hook" was designed to prevent the hoist from slipping off when you were slinging the load on the hoist around to move it.
I helped the old man pull a lot of car and tractor engines with that rig.

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Re-design
Re-design

8 years ago

Looks like a window hook. Goes on the end of a pole to open and close transom window that are too high to reach. The ring would hook a leaver on the latch and pull it open and the hook would engage a ring on the latch to close the window. But I don't think its really that.