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    Metal Flower thingy

    I dug this up today at the farm property I've been searching. It is metal, about 3" tall, painted (old), and has designs on the top and side petals. I did not see any word on it anywhere.
    Any idea what this is?
    Thanks,
    MM
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    Re: Metal Flower thingy

    Table lamp base.Lamp post was in large hole,and the switch was in the small hole.
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    Re: Metal Flower thingy

    Quote Originally Posted by junkdigger
    Table lamp base.Lamp post was in large hole,and the switch was in the small hole.
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    Re: Metal Flower thingy

    Lamp base

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    TreasureTales

    Re: Metal Flower thingy

    Hmmm, seems too small to be a lamp base IMO. It might help if we knew which metal it is. Does a magnet stick to it? Brass is seldom painted. Tin was often painted. This thing appears to have a thick coating of paint, so perhaps it's tin?


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    Re: Metal Flower thingy

    I also think it was a lamp base... probably holding a hurricane style globe?

    I'm off to look for examples.

    Maybe that's not a "switch hole" but a "match" hole? Hold the match through that hole to light a candle or better yet, a wick?

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    Re: Metal Flower thingy

    looks like it could be part of a ceiling fixture for a light bulb? and the hole might be where the pull chain was located for turning the light on or off?

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    Re: Metal Flower thingy

    CEILING LAMP
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    TreasureTales

    Re: Metal Flower thingy

    The kerosene lamps that I've seen had chimney supports that had a slot in the center for the flat wick that went from the base (kerosene reservoir) to the glass chimney where the flame burned. This item doesn't have a slot, it has a round opening. However, I think some wick was in fact round. So a chimney support may be the answer?


    The thing I'm trying to describe is right in the center of the lamp. It supports the glass chimney.

    After posting this, I still don't think the thing in question is part of a kerosene lamp, or a table lamp. It is painted and brass isn't painted normally. Is it brass or tin? Will a magnet stick to it?

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    Re: Metal Flower thingy

    I tried a magnet, and it DOES stick to the piece.
    -MM-
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    TreasureTales

    Re: Metal Flower thingy

    Quote Originally Posted by ModernMiner
    I tried a magnet, and it DOES stick to the piece.
    -MM-
    AHA!!! So it could be iron, brass, or tin. Ugh, that doesn't narrow it down at all, does it!? Dang. Where is PBK? He'd know what it is I betcha.

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    Re: Metal Flower thingy



    maybe it could be the base for a wall light or porch light fixture?

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    Mechelle

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    Re: Metal Flower thingy

    http://www.acrosstheboardwoodwork.co..._murphy_la.htm




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