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#1 Cvans ONLINE  

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Posted August 10, 2015 - 08:26 PM

This showed up while putting a new porch on the house. No one seems to know for sure what it is. It's cast iron and appears to be old.

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Posted August 10, 2015 - 08:53 PM

Door or window latch.
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Posted August 10, 2015 - 08:55 PM

That looks like a hook that would be used to hold a weight in a old window sash.


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Posted August 10, 2015 - 09:17 PM

That looks like a hook that would be used to hold a weight in a old window sash.

that would be my guess! Though I have never seen one quite like that, it could be the sash weight?
Most I have seen were cast cylinders bought a foot long that were tied directly to a rope. They helped with opening and closing the window.
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Posted August 10, 2015 - 09:20 PM

looks like a tape measure to me.


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Posted August 10, 2015 - 09:41 PM

Too small for a sash weight. I think it looks like some kind of fish, for fishing wires or such.


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Posted August 10, 2015 - 09:52 PM

Plumb bob ?


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Posted August 10, 2015 - 10:08 PM

Bunch of good suggestion.

I doesn't weight much, maybe an ounce and a half. Someone out there hopefully has seen something like this before. 



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Posted August 10, 2015 - 10:38 PM

That was not anywhere near an old chimney was it? When I was very young, dad had a gas furnace installed.
They did not run the stack up the chimney because it was soft brick and the mortar was rotten.
Dad took out the chimney.
I remember dad put a pulley on a board across the top ran a rope through that with a simular weight on the end.
He would fill a bucket with bricks and lower a guy on the bottom would lower it empty the bucket and then pull it back to the top.
A hook on the end would allow it to be secured so it could not fall. Now remember I was only about 5 yrs old so the details could be skewed?
The weight kept the rope from going through the pulley

Edited by JD DANNELS, August 10, 2015 - 10:40 PM.

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Posted August 10, 2015 - 10:43 PM

Interesting story and it makes sense to use this for something like that. 

No old chimney at this residence. House was built in the 70's and had a stainless chimney.



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Posted August 11, 2015 - 12:17 AM

Maybe a headache ball for a toy crane  ?


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Posted August 11, 2015 - 12:28 AM

I was gonna say window weight hook, to hang weight from. Or...hook from toy crane or truck, erector set? Got beat on those.
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Posted August 11, 2015 - 08:44 AM

Maybe a headache ball for a toy crane  ?

 

This is something that is a real possibility. It would have been a larger than normal toy for sure. 



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Posted August 11, 2015 - 10:17 AM

It's used to hook onto the sash weight in a window. I have pulled a lot of those from windows when I was helping my dad tear down an old farm house back in the 60s. Top of the weight is elongated with the the same bevel as the hook. The rope ties to the hook. JM2CW !      Thanks for sharing.                                                            Roger


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Posted August 11, 2015 - 11:21 AM

Oh! So if you remove the weight, you don't loose the rope.






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