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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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August 14, 2020

What is this item? It's made of wood. What is it used for and what might it be worth?

A carved wooden piece.
 

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August 15, 20201 found this helpful
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I FOUND IT. Thanks to all of you I kept searching with many of your ideas. It's an African Birthing Chair. Google it. Missing the seat piece that slides in the rectangle. Who knew! Thanks again all

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August 15, 20200 found this helpful
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Also called Hand Carved Palaver Chair

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June 2, 2020

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.

What Is This Wooden Box with Dowels? - wooden container with long dowels that divide it
 
What Is This Wooden Box with Dowels?
 

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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.

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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.

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You can even post pictures on Craigslist (not for sale) just information.
Please post back with any information you receive.

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April 16, 2021

Can anyone identify this. Found in lake at old mill pond and old farm area.

A metal piece attached to a chain.
 

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April 18, 20210 found this helpful
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Possibly and antique/vintage towing hook. There's a photo on ebay of a VTG Antique Forged Steel Towing Hook & Chain that looks similar to the item you're asking about.

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April 18, 20210 found this helpful
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It definitely looks like it would be attached to something that needed a strong attachment.
Of course, found in the lake suggests it was used on a boat but still a mystery to me.

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You can join Reddit and post your picture and most likely have an answer by tomorrow morning.
Reddit can be confusing so if you post it and have problems just ask questions and you'll get help.
www.reddit.com/.../

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April 14, 2021

Some kind of roller. It's *very* heavy! I can't imagine trying to use it by hand.

Poor image quality, sorry. Thanks

A metal roller in a yard.
 

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April 14, 20210 found this helpful
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I believe it is a lawn leveler/roller.
This one looks like the handle is damaged but it really is a 'lawn leveler'. Seems like people in by-gone-days loved to have beautiful manicured lawns and this was one of their tools.

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These were made out of several different materials but they were all heavy. Some were even made out of stone.
Most were metal but some were made like a barrel that you filled with water or dirt to make it heavier.
www.antiques-atlas.com/.../garden_rollers

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www.ebay.com/.../122841190697

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February 14, 2021

I found this while hiking, but have no idea what it is. It's driving me nuts. It has what appears to be electric wires attached. It was near a cattle farm, could also have something to do with heavy equipment.

I even thought about predator control. I have no idea? Anyone?

A piece of metal found in the dirt.
 
A piece of metal found in the dirt.
 

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February 14, 20210 found this helpful

It looks like it might be part of a septic tank system. If you have a plumber friend, show it to him/her to confirm.

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February 14, 20210 found this helpful

You could send the picture to the wildlife director of your vicinity. If it has something to do with animal control, they would know.

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February 14, 20210 found this helpful

Stab in the dark, I'd say perhaps part of an electric fence. You might try asking some detectorists, such as at tinyurl.com/y4uwbsde . I hope you find out!

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February 14, 20210 found this helpful

It may be part of a sensor that would be connected to other wires buried in the ground that sends off alerts when within range of ones property for control of animals and predators . Often connected to other wires and fencing.

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February 19, 20210 found this helpful

How big is it? It looks like at least as big as your shoe

Is it metal? It looks like aluminum but not sure. In any event aluminum is not a good electricity conductor so if it is, it's probably not an electric fence or other such thing

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Was it buried?

How old does it look? Judging from appearances, it looks at least like it's been in the ground for 20+ years.

Where were you hiking? If you were in, say, Nevada, you can find out what sorts of things are used there.

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December 11, 2019

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.

Identifying a Thriftstore Purchase - rectangular metal container with a wooden handle, closed

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