🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Selector knob of some sort?

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Hi all, dug this near a home built in SW Ohio prior to 1828 that burned down in 1944. Originally thought it was a clock hand, but after cleaning some of the dirt off, thought maybe a selector knob. Help w/ ID and age is appreciated.
 

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Hi all, dug this near a home built in SW Ohio prior to 1828 that burned down in 1944. Originally thought it was a clock hand, but after cleaning some of the dirt off, thought maybe a selector knob. Help w/ ID and age is appreciated.
Is that front and back of the same item? Brass? May we see a pic from the edge?
 
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DCMatt, thanks for chiming in. The front and back look like the first picture. The second picture is from the side. Because it wouldn't stand up I held it to show the channel on the right side of the picture. Will post a few more angles shortly. I swear I've seen something like this before - but darn if I can remember...
 
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DCMatt, great minds think alike. Last night I considered a pointer as well - Googled - but again no close matches. Most indicator/pointers have a hole about where the rivet is in this one. The channel on the right of the second picture makes me think a cable or rod went through it. So when you rotated the artifact CW/CCW it would activate or adjust something (i.e. switch, rheostat). Alternatively, it could be some sort of visual indicator (i.e. temperature). Will continue to ponder its purpose. Happy New Year!
 

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