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Thus was bought over 50 years ago. It is possibly from a store display. We can not figure out what would have been displayed in it? Any ideas? Only the middle rods pull forward.
I did see one of these a very longtime ago in a hardware store that had on it spools of wire they sold. The center rod would pull forward and the spool would be placed on this rod. After they could roll out the wire and the two side rods would allow the spool to turn easily.
This is really unusual but has to have a specific purpose and may have been widely used at one time - somewhere - as it looks 'factory made'.
A common household item of the past is a silent butler. It is a covered metal pan with a handle that was used to empty ash trays and pickup crumbs in the parlor or living room.