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Offline Rob H.

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What are these strange metal, wood, and chain items?
« on: October 11, 2017, 03:12:47 PM »
Anyone recognize these things? They are about 20" tall x 20" wide.





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Re: What are these strange metal, wood, and chain items?
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 03:36:29 PM »
Good grief!  Where to begin?
1. Are the top rings on the top picture welded to the crossbar?  I see that the links on the bottom picture are not.
2. What are the strange pins/knobs in the four wooden recesses? and are any of the suspended rings connected to them--or do the chains swing free?
3. Where did you find these contraptions? or were they made up to make us question our sanity?

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Re: What are these strange metal, wood, and chain items?
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 03:57:15 PM »
Great photos, thanks for sharing. I have no idea what you have there, but I like it!!!!!!!  Regards, Lou

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Re: What are these strange metal, wood, and chain items?
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2017, 05:13:27 PM »
Looks like someone's artwork.
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Re: What are these strange metal, wood, and chain items?
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2017, 05:26:24 PM »
Looks like something one would use to knock down the gate of the dwarf's castle. Heave ho men.

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Re: What are these strange metal, wood, and chain items?
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2017, 09:38:43 AM »
Oh! I've seen this exact set of pictures before. I believe the consensus was that this is a holder for a wine bottle- the neck goes in the rings and the bottom on the pegs. Not just for storage, but for a 45 degree angle that is important during some part of the process of making it.
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Re: What are these strange metal, wood, and chain items?
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2017, 03:15:48 PM »
Good grief!  Where to begin?
1. Are the top rings on the top picture welded to the crossbar?  I see that the links on the bottom picture are not.
2. What are the strange pins/knobs in the four wooden recesses? and are any of the suspended rings connected to them--or do the chains swing free?
3. Where did you find these contraptions? or were they made up to make us question our sanity?

Someone sent me the photos, so I don't have any answers to your questions, except for your very last one, to which I would answer "most likely."

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Re: What are these strange metal, wood, and chain items?
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2017, 03:16:56 PM »
Oh! I've seen this exact set of pictures before. I believe the consensus was that this is a holder for a wine bottle- the neck goes in the rings and the bottom on the pegs. Not just for storage, but for a 45 degree angle that is important during some part of the process of making it.

I've heard this guess before but was never able to verify it.

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Re: What are these strange metal, wood, and chain items?
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2017, 03:19:43 PM »
Looks like someone's artwork.

The more I research these things the more I think this theory is correct. Someone probably made them as mystery items to bewilder anyone who saw them.

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Re: What are these strange metal, wood, and chain items?
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2017, 04:55:00 PM »
I also think it is a combination of art work, and wine bottle caddy, as Mac53 suggested. The 1/2 moon bottle sized cutout, with rounded dowel protrusion, to hold the 8 wine bottles base, and the ring for the neck. I did a bit of searching, and found nothing exact, but did desire a drink after looking at a few hundred designs. lol

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Re: What are these strange metal, wood, and chain items?
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2017, 05:21:49 AM »
It could very well be a "wine cradle".  If you look at cradle images these two are quite plain and practical compared to the fanciful designs out there.
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Re: What are these strange metal, wood, and chain items?
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2017, 06:22:24 PM »
Yep' some artsy blacksmith's project... too much time on his hands

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Re: What are these strange metal, wood, and chain items?
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2017, 06:45:29 PM »
  he created an item that gave our brains some exercise, to me, it looked interesting.