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  1. #1

    Oct 2006
    Nampa Idaho
    White MXT
    132

    Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    I found this in Alaska about 10 years ago, and have never been able to ID it. It is an aluminum piece, about 3 inches square. It has 15 teeth and is numbered 1-15. There is a stop preventing it from spinning freely. The back has two tabs that may have been used to mount it. ANY GUESSES?

    Thanks,

    MC

    PS The quarter used for size was found yesterday! 1935S Yeah!
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  2. #2

    Dec 2004
    Down in the pit
    Garrett 350 GTA
    360

    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    Quote Originally Posted by musclecar
    I found this in Alaska about 10 years ago, and have never been able to ID it. It is an aluminum piece, about 3 inches square. It has 15 teeth and is numbered 1-15. There is a stop preventing it from spinning freely. The back has two tabs that may have been used to mount it. ANY GUESSES?
    My guess is a counter for keeping track of maintenence or some other task.
    Middenmonster

    There are things you can replace.  And others you cannot.  The time has come to weigh those things.  This space is getting hot.  Whoa!  This space is getting hot!

  3. #3
    us
    Jan 2005
    Eugene Oregon
    Minelab E-trac
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    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    Piece from the inside of a vending machine?

  4. #4
    DEMON

    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    just a guess wind speed in x10 mph demon

  5. #5
    TreasureTales

    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    Hmmmm, most intriguing. What gets counted to 15 before starting over? Most things are counted in sets of 10, the decimal system. Hmmm, perhaps in counting liquid ounces? Hit 15 and the next ounce gets counted as a pint? The aluminum composition must mean that whatever it was used for, it wouldn't necessarily take a beating or be roughly handled since aluminum won't hold up to abuse like steel would, although it won't rust like steel would, which leads me back to liquid measure. I'll be anxiously awaiting the correct answer...if we ever get one.

  6. #6

    Nov 2006
    174

    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    im guessing part of some scales for measuring wieght. but i only looked at it for like 20 seconds

  7. #7
    dugupfinds

    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    Its to tell the milkman how much milk you want. Big family!

  8. #8
    Charter Member
    us
    MINELAB XS-2 Pro ....... XTERRA 305 ....... EXPLORER SE PRO

    Dec 2003
    S.W. Schuylkill County
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    Have you ever Adjusted Breaks on a Vehicle with a screwdriver ?

    You stuck a screwdriver Between teeth like this in clicked them.


    I say It's an Adjuster for something
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  9. #9
    us
    DG

    Mar 2006
    Deep in the swamps of Louisiana..
    Ace 250--White's 6000 DI Pro
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff of pa
    Have you ever Adjusted Breaks on a Vehicle with a screwdriver ?

    You stuck a screwdriver Between teeth like this in clicked them.


    I say It's an Adjuster for something
    I'm with jeff, an adjustor of some type.
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  10. #10
    us
    Random chance seems to have operated in our favor

    Oct 2004
    Oklahoma
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    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    I'd guess maybe it's a stop for a reel to a slot machine.

  11. #11

    Dec 2004
    Down in the pit
    Garrett 350 GTA
    360

    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    The problem with the idea that it is a piece of machinery is that there is no visible linkage that would connect it to anything. I think that whatever it is, it had to be operated by hand. TreasureTales asked what gets counted to 15, and noted that most things get counted in groups of 10. That may be true for objects and items, but what about duty cycles, tasks and other intangibles? I'm still thinking that it is a counter, and that it was used to track usage or when preventive maintenence was due or parts needed to be replaced.
    Middenmonster

    There are things you can replace.  And others you cannot.  The time has come to weigh those things.  This space is getting hot.  Whoa!  This space is getting hot!

  12. #12
    Charter Member

    May 2005
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    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    Quote Originally Posted by MiddenMonster
    I'm still thinking that it is a counter
    I agree.

    (Hey, it's easier than coming up with a better guess. )


  13. #13
    us
    DG

    Mar 2006
    Deep in the swamps of Louisiana..
    Ace 250--White's 6000 DI Pro
    1,869
    2 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    The end on a hand operated pencil sharpener?
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  14. #14
    Charter Member

    May 2005
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    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    Quote Originally Posted by dg39
    The end on a hand operated pencil sharpener?
    Don't think so, as there doesn't seem to be anything different about the indvidual, numbered semicircular spaces. Can't see any way for it to vary the size of pencil accepted, length to be sharpened, fineness of point, etc.

    Nevertheless, it's an interesting guess— and a perfect excuse to post this link to a great site on antique pencil sharpeners!

    http://www.officemuseum.com/pencil_sharpeners.htm


  15. #15
    us
    Sep 2006
    Montana
    11,702
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    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: Test your skills on this one! Spent years trying to ID this.

    Nevertheless, it's an interesting guess— and a perfect excuse to post this link to a great site on antique pencil sharpeners!

    Dang... LOL... How long you been waiting to use THAT excuse PBK?

 

 
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