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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?



7 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!

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

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...

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

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.

It's an old sanding block.

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

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

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.