What Is This Wooden Box with Dowels?

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.

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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. After they could roll out the wire and the two side rods would allow the spool to turn easily.

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June 5, 20200 found this helpful

Poe, sounds good except if you look in first photo, at the rod that is pulled out, there is a bracket attached to the end which would not allow a spool of wire to be slid on the rod. The bracket has 2, rounded slots which slide along the bottom of the 2 stationary rods. It appears that was to bring the remaining products forward easily as they were sold throughout the day. Is that what you see too?

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June 30, 20200 found this helpful

This is still a mystery to me - any luck finding an answer?
You could try joining this site and see if someone can tell you about it.



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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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June 2, 20200 found this helpful

Looks like a housing for old fashion spool holder for machinery threads!

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June 30, 20201 found this helpful

Could it be used for canned goods? The rods would help them to stay even and level. The center rod that pulls out might be for pulling some forward or tiding the selves up.


You could get quite a few cans in each slot. The slots would allow you spaces for many sizes and types of cans, jars, even fruit and vegetables.

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