Monday, May 12, 2008

What is it ?



It reads on the handle....
FEB 24 1928
I found it n the yard while uncovering some rocks.
Yes....more rocks.......... and bricks.
It may say something else?.. I will have to hack away at the rust.
Oh and it is about 12" long.
*EDIT*
I looked and tried to make out any other letters on this thingy.
I can make out an A K _ _ N . There is a small word beside it. It appears to be 4 letters.
Akron, Ohio? Maybe ( The _ _ are letters that I cannot make out)
I tried to get a close up pic of this. But they were not good.
Do you think it has something to do with the delivery of coal and these things on the outside of the house? (click images on link to view larger)
*EDIT x2*
I got it.....Captain Hook was here...

22 comments:

Jenni said...

Ice hook?

modernemama said...

Scythe?

Oliver's Bungalow said...

I've forgotten, do you have a fireplace? Could it be some kind of damper hook?

maya said...

is it for frogging horses or shoeing them?

Jenni said...

Damper Hook? hum.... only one of the fireplaces had a damper. But maybe? I feel like I have seen something like this before, for something?

maya said...

looks sharp to be a damper hook, doesn't it?

and why the date?

Jenni said...

"I don't know nothing about froggin' horses"...but there is some kinda thing they use to clean the dirt out.

I thought the date to be odd as well.

It is not sharp enough to be a scythe of any kind, I don't think.

Jenni said...

Oh and Chris came by and commented...
"Junk"

maya said...

i think it's cool, not junk. :)

it's not for frogging horses. i looked it up.

it looks like something you'd use as a handle to lift a pot out of the fire or something. and then you'd hang it (and whatever you lifted) up by the hole in the other end.

there might be other words on it? a name?

i'm not sure i can rest until the mystery is solved.

Marilyn said...

Part of a plant hanger?

natalie said...

we found all sorts of crazy tools in the basement too. a lot of them have to do w/coal we found out.
i don't have that tool though. sorry! (maybe take it to an antique market--our's have lots of booths that just sell antique tools and they probably could tell you).
good luck in your hunt! :-)

priscilla said...

shutter dog?

Andi said...

Tool to remove an eye from an old wood burning stove?

Jennifer said...

It's definitely a backscratcher. Definitely.

Anonymous said...

Sky Hook

Gary said...

It's a modification of an Amish sex toy!
The date may be a patent date so you know those Amish women were frustrated in 1928 too!

modernemama said...

a planting tool for making rows in the soil to plant seeds and so on?
Or part of the outhouse?

Jenni said...

Thanks Gary, now I will join Leslie at Georgetown House with some great search engine hits.
But a patent date is a good clue.

Sandy said...

It reminds of something my Dad used to use to stoke the coal furnace.

Wanderluster said...

Ice tongs? http://www.antiquemystique.com/castironsold.htm

Jen said...

I want it to be a farming tool, like for digging rows. However, I think the fact that the arm isn't straight, but curves away before making the hook, suggests that it must be used for picking up or grabbing something that needs that space. Otherwise, why not just make a straight piece of metal with the hook at the end?

nolan & brandon said...

Up close it almost looks like a crowbar of some sort. I tried searching Google Patent Search for that date with no luck. Haven't checked the Patent Office website yet, though. Hmm...