Found my favorite relic today! Dunno what the heck it is!?

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Anyone got any guesses? Kinda looks like a pulley, but super ornate for something that would be used in the field. Seems to be brass, rang up high. The area goes back to the 1700s so could be pretty old. Thanks for lookin!
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Digger RJ

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Anyone got any guesses? Kinda looks like a pulley, but super ornate for something that would be used in the field. Seems to be brass, rang up high. The area goes back to the 1700s so could be pretty old. Thanks for lookin! View attachment 2048036
Nice!!! Congrats!!!
 

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Anyone got any guesses? Kinda looks like a pulley, but super ornate for something that would be used in the field. Seems to be brass, rang up high. The area goes back to the 1700s so could be pretty old. Thanks for lookin! View attachment 2048036
I think it could be a pulley, the rotten wooden wheel long gone. Then, it got run over and squashed. Purely speculation, but maybe for a dumbwaiter pulley, ceiling fixture...somewhere it would be seen, all polished up. Might have some age.
 
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I think it could be a pulley, the rotten wooden wheel long gone. Then, it got run over and squashed. Purely speculation, but maybe for a dumbwaiter pulley, ceiling fixture...somewhere it would be seen, all polished up. Might have some age.
That makes sense! A friend of mine said he thought it may be a pocket sundial. He said the loop went around the finger of the user and the hole above the post indicated true north. The only thing that makes me question his ID is the lack of numbers and incremental marks.
 

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That makes sense! A friend of mine said he thought it may be a pocket sundial. He said the loop went around the finger of the user and the hole above the post indicated true north. The only thing that makes me question his ID is the lack of numbers and incremental marks.
Right. That has some heft for a pocket instrument.
 

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I think it could be a pulley, the rotten wooden wheel long gone. Then, it got run over and squashed. Purely speculation, but maybe for a dumbwaiter pulley, ceiling fixture...somewhere it would be seen, all polished up. Might have some age.
Yeah! Maybe a clothesline pully. Can't find that exact one, but there were a verity of heavy duty well made pullies made for such a function during the pre-clothes dryer era.
 

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Yeah! Maybe a clothesline pully. Can't find that exact one, but there were a verity of heavy duty well made pullies made for such a function during the pre-clothes dryer era.
That's more likely than my suggestions, I think. Hadn't thought of that. It's the right size.
 

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That's more likely than my suggestions, I think. Hadn't thought of that. It's the right size.
It might be because I'm thinking on setting up such a pully clothesline, because of the dry climate around here will dry clothes outside much faster, plus it doesn't burn up electricity. Done it before and even in the winter on a mile-high sunny day the clothes will dry faster than my POS dryer and new ones are expensive and still built like a cheap POS. The new appliances today are nothing but planned obsolescence IMO.
 

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Decorative ones like this were most likely for a hanging oil lamps/chandeliers. The lamps needed to be lowered all the time to be lit/extinguished/refilled and were also constructed of ornate brass. The clothes line ones are often larger and rarely ornate like this. Dumb waiter ones were mostly hidden in the walls/ceiling and had no reason to be ornate like this. So my best bet is for hanging oil lamp of some sort
 

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NICE find did it BLOW YOUR HEAD PHONES OFF ??? LOL
I think it could be a pulley, the rotten wooden wheel long gone. Then, it got run over and squashed. Purely speculation, but maybe for a dumbwaiter pulley, ceiling fixture...somewhere it would be seen, all polished up. Might have some age.
You have very good eyes. I think you maybe on the right track.
 
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NICE find did it BLOW YOUR HEAD PHONES OFF ??? LOL

You have very good eyes. I think you maybe on the right track.
Haha I’m surprised it didn’t overload the coil. It was only 2 inches down!
 

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So i take it you had no problem HEARING IT lol
 
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I'm with Tpmetal. Counter weight pulley from a hanging lamp.

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Someone said it may be an astrolabe- which would explain why the center post is only flattened on one side. The narrow side would allow the user to slip interchangeable disks on and off
 

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Anyone got any guesses? Kinda looks like a pulley, but super ornate for something that would be used in the field. Seems to be brass, rang up high. The area goes back to the 1700s so could be pretty old. Thanks for lookin! View attachment 2048036
Could be a strap end or tug for a saddle or harness rigging
 

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