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Thriftstore finds, garage, estate, or rummage sales often leave us with really interesting items that we unfortunately can't identify. Posting photos on websites is a good start to identifying them if you have been unable to find a similar one on the net. This page contains photos of unidentified items and some possible ideas.


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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.


June 3, 20201 found this helpful
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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.

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June 6, 20201 found this helpful
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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'.


Interesting that only the center rod pulls out and a very confined space.
I can only suggest you post the pictures on several media sites and perhaps someone will see it that has seen one used before. It may take a while and you may have to 'renew' your pictures but I feel sure someone will recognize it.
You can even post pictures on Craigslist (not for sale) just information.
Please post back with any information you receive.

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