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Identify This Wooden Object?

This is a wooden object about 4 feet high, 2 feet wide and looks a bit like a ladder but the top pulls off. Belonged on my grandfather's farm and could be 100 years old. My family would like to know what it is and how it was used.

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November 30, 20200 found this helpful

It looks like it is part of a stool ladder. They were used to add a little height to reaching the in a shelves in a home, to using to address horses being taller for reach. It's a lovely piece , that is missing the rest of it's history. - www.bing.com/.../search?q=vintage+stool+ladders+%3f....

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November 30, 20200 found this helpful

My grandparents had this in their barn. It was in the hayloft and was used to climb up there to enter the loft. The piece comes off to give access to the loft. When done and before filling the loft with new hay the piece is put back on to hold the hay in place. That was in the barn for my grandfather. If your grandfather had a barn this could be used for the same purpose in his barn.

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November 30, 20200 found this helpful

This is rather curious as at first glance you would definitely think 'ladder' but I have never seen a ladder with steps placed vertical where you step on the side edges of the boards. Most steps are horizontal where you have a flat surface to place your foot. There are some of course that have round or square steps but most have a flat board.
Also, is there a missing board as that is a very large space between two boards - not evenly spaced?
Also, this looks like a very short item so that makes it difficult to make very many guesses. How tall?
Since we cannot see the other side we cannot tell what type of fastener or whatever is on the back side and that would help a lot with identifying your item.
I would suggest you take a few more pictures - showing both sides and also mention about the 'missing' board(?) and give the height as well as what type of farm this was used.
Join Reddit site and post pictures and information and you will probably find out what you have. If you have problems posting just ask the administrators for help as they are very good.
www.reddit.com/.../

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November 30, 20200 found this helpful

Sorry - I did not read closely enough and missed the measurements.
This only confirms what I was saying as 4 feet is a very short distance for a 'ladder'.
Please try posting on Reddit and let us know what you find out.

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December 1, 20200 found this helpful

Interesting. My two thoughts are 1/2 of a wooden saw horse or a chair back. Does that top piece come off? Are there screw holes anywhere? Post back if you get an answer elsewhere.

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