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Jul 16, 2019 - 2:44:51 PM
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8812 posts since 1/15/2005

I found this in a box of my mother's antiques. It has a lot of age on it and appears to be had wrought. The little tabs around the bottom part appear to be cigarette holders, and although I realize cigarettes have been around a long time, I am not sure that a hand made ash tray holder would have been made for them. Any ideas?  It appears that the part extending out from the top forms a hook and was made to suspend something from it.




 

Edited by - BanjoLink on 07/16/2019 14:48:22

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:12:50 PM

chuckv97

Canada

41977 posts since 10/5/2013

Interesting ,John.  Hot coals in a cast iron pot below,, another pot hanging above with some food or liquid in it to keep warm?

Edited by - chuckv97 on 07/16/2019 15:13:30

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:17:25 PM

189 posts since 1/28/2011

I think that is an old pot warmer. A metal bowl with hot coals sat on the three bottom tabs, and a pot of soup, tea, coffee, etc. was hung over it.

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:39:50 PM
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Mooooo

USA

7036 posts since 8/20/2016

I think it was a gallows for really small people.

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:40:11 PM

8812 posts since 1/15/2005

Great observations but I think it is too small for a pot or food related use. The ring at the bottom is only 5" in diameter and because there are only two tabs above the ring, it would need another tab for something to sit level on it. It does not look like a third tab has broken off.

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:26:49 PM
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figmo59

USA

29129 posts since 3/5/2008

Mebee some kinda oil lamp holder?

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:30:14 PM

figmo59

USA

29129 posts since 3/5/2008

Nutter guess...

Prop fer small wood burnin
tools..?

Burn holes through boards..?
With branding tools..

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:35:06 PM
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figmo59

USA

29129 posts since 3/5/2008

I think I just figgered it out..

An old world coffee pot holder fer a fire place..
Coals on the botton.. I have a repo fireplace toaster...

Me Sister got it fer me...just sent it one day..
I mistakenly.. thought it was ...a..banjo stand..

N ...used it that way
Till she came to visit ...... :0/

Edited by - figmo59 on 07/16/2019 16:38:01

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:03:38 PM
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Chris Meakin

Australia

2365 posts since 5/15/2011

John, is it comfortable to hold and carry while walking around by that part that looks like a rectangular handle? If so, maybe a device to carry an oil burner for light and/or warmth?

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:28:56 PM
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RonR

USA

1475 posts since 11/29/2012

It looks similar to this. Made by an old friend.


 

Jul 16, 2019 - 6:16:41 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

12539 posts since 9/27/2007

Jul 16, 2019 - 6:31:17 PM

chuckv97

Canada

41977 posts since 10/5/2013

But why only 2 tabs?

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:13:17 PM

8812 posts since 1/15/2005

This is an old iron oil lamp and holder that I bought years ago. The first item I showed kind of reminds me of of this and I think the age may be about the same. I think Ron would be onto something, but this one may be a little small for that, but maybe it was for a small lamp. I'm puzzled over the two tabs, which look like where you would rest a cigarette.




 

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:27:11 PM

8812 posts since 1/15/2005

If the hole was a little larger in my iron lamp it would have hung perfectly from the frame. I held it on with a paper clip to show how it would hang. I think Ron was onto something, as I am convinced that it was for some sort of oil lamp. It dos not explain the two tabs, but I am pretty sure they had a purpose.




Jul 16, 2019 - 9:37:41 PM
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figmo59

USA

29129 posts since 3/5/2008

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:06:30 AM
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51962 posts since 12/14/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Mooooo

I think it was a gallows for really small people.


"Ah, my wee friend, one last drink of the good stuff, before we  hang you!"

-D. O'Gill-

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:51:07 AM
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8812 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by figmo59

youtu.be/bHddEWyLd70


Very simple and neat!

Jul 19, 2019 - 11:26:47 AM
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rinemb

USA

11454 posts since 5/24/2005

I shared this pic with some antique blacksmith dudes. They say...It was made by a creative blacksmith circa 1850. That it was a pot holder to put a pot on it, on the hearth, because of not enough swing hooks in a fireplace. drag some coals out on hearth set this thing over them, and put a pot on it. The hook above was to hold a lid , the two curved cigar holder looking things with to rest rods on them to set different size pots.
That's what I was told, any how. It is a bit of a museum piece. Nice find. Brad

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:33:12 PM

m06

England

7658 posts since 10/5/2006

Looks like some sort of fireplace/iron range cooking hardware to me.

Jul 19, 2019 - 5:51:47 PM
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Paul R

Canada

11444 posts since 1/28/2010

It's a completely useless device made by someone who said, "A hundred years from now, a bunch of people are going to tie themselves in knots trying to figure out what this is, and what it's for. Heh, heh."

Jul 19, 2019 - 6:59:48 PM
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1678 posts since 10/17/2013

Guys, you’re all dead wrong. This is no ordinary piece of cookware!

This is a genuine prewar Gibson Goulash pot holder, specifically engineered by Lladyle S. Pooring Fast, for holding a steaming pot of Orville’s favorite dish! 

Edited by - bluegrassbanjopicker on 07/19/2019 19:00:24

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:38:55 PM

110 posts since 3/7/2019

I would say if for lantern. only two tabs because all the weight is on the hanger above and the two tabs are just to keep it stable or level. I think my Grandma has one on the back porch with a fern hanging. Or if for cooking you hang a pot and the tabs are for standing your stirring spoons up on while you cook.

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:42:13 PM

110 posts since 3/7/2019

Looks like the way the arm goes out then up that it is the theoretical 3rd tab?

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:55:45 PM

110 posts since 3/7/2019

My grandma says it's an antique teapot holder. It would have a small brass pot container with coals or oil and a brass teakettle hanging above..It was Victorian era, real fancy stuff.

Jul 19, 2019 - 8:01:10 PM

110 posts since 3/7/2019

?

Jul 19, 2019 - 9:04:58 PM

8812 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

I shared this pic with some antique blacksmith dudes. They say...It was made by a creative blacksmith circa 1850. That it was a pot holder to put a pot on it, on the hearth, because of not enough swing hooks in a fireplace. drag some coals out on hearth set this thing over them, and put a pot on it. The hook above was to hold a lid , the two curved cigar holder looking things with to rest rods on them to set different size pots.
That's what I was told, any how. It is a bit of a museum piece. Nice find. Brad


Brad ..... I think you and Tyler are pretty much zeroing in on its use.  Because of its relatively small size I had kind of discounted it as a cooking utensil, but now think maybe that is right.  I think the mid 19th century is about right.  All of the legs and attachments are pinned and not welded/soldered like something newer.

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