History Mystery

Help! I have a cool, rusty metal object and I don’t know what it is. It is about 6″ long with a hole at each end and near the center (slightly offset) is a section that pulls out about half an inch. I discovered this object in a shallow ravine not far from a rusty old bedspring and what looked like an axle from a car.

I’m fairly certain that this was an old dump from an early homesteader. I’m basing that on the fragments of sun-colored-amethyst glass (manufactured primarily from the 1880s through the 1910s) that I found nearby.

Is it perhaps some kind of handle? Since my memory doesn’t stretch back that far I thought I’d ask for suggestions. Any ideas?

Categories: Observations


  1. I have no idea but handle sounds about right

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  2. Looks like it might be some sort of ratcheting mechanism…it seems to allow something moving over it in one direction but not the reverse

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  3. George and I agree it’s some kind of rope or wire holder that allows it to lock when pulled tight. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!! Would love to go and explore with you at this place, where is it?

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  4. It’s a latch of some kind, isn’t it?…trunk? suitcase? satchel? box??? Whatever it held together, has long since disappeared, or rather, changed form.

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    • That’s what I started with, some kind of latch, but I kept thinking cabinet or door. I wonder if it is from an old trunk or suit case. Probably held all the loot from a bank robbery! 😉


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