... the two vertical brass (?) ...or maybe they're iron (?) fittings.
Taking a page from Mike Gregory's book... hopefully [one or two of] 119,000 spare (?) brains will provide the definitive answer.
It's in an old house. Interior - not near to an outside wall or door. No mate on the opposing side of the hallway, not holes to indicate that a mate has since been removed.
Doesn’t seem to be a bump guard due to the little “teeth” on it, and that it is set back from the corner of the doorway.
Any chance it has something to do with the nearby vent cover?
Edited by - Owen on 09/20/2020 09:30:57
...asking for my daughter who has provided a closer-upper pic... and she thinks they're cast brass.
A key rack for mice.
... I'll pass that on Mike, but I have a niggling suspicion that she'll want a second opinion.
Is it at the top of some stairs??
G.I. Joe's rifle rack....?
I can confirm, that is indeed a "thing".
Where are the pictures of "thing"?
If the pics aren't in my first 2 posts, then I figure they must have gone into the big black hole...and can only be retrieved by someone with more computer smarts than me.
For drying shoes near the floor register?
Humm looks like a device to lock in a chain. The chain used to close the grate. Pulling on the chain and locking it in one of the hooks adjusting the opening distance.
Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 09/20/2020 17:11:50
That makes good sense.
Yes, the register adjustment sounds "promising." My daughter and SIL have an almost 100 year old house, although this isn't in theirs, and she likes to keep herself informed, as they are trying to combine period correct restorations with current building codes. Exchanging and asking for info with the house owner is thus a convoluted round-about process. Please keep the suggestions coming... I'll try to post any pertinent info I get. Thanks.
It's where you lock your bike in church.
Does it function to hold a link chain that raises/keeps the vent cover up when the ductwork needs to be cleaned?
I must admit, I have NEVER seen anything like that in any house I have personally been in.
Originally posted by bubbalouie
It's where you lock your bike in church.
Where’d you come up with that?
Looks like the remains of an old boot brush. But those are typically placed at the bottom step outside the house. I'll bet Ken Levan can tell you everything about it.
Edited by - DRH on 09/20/2020 18:50:32
Not sure! How about it's where you tie up your dog so it can dry over the heat grate?
This is an EXTREMELY rare locking protection device for the Prewar Flathead Verifyer.
Only 1.00000 of such devices were built. It keeps the Verifyer from exploding when exposed to Earl’s Granada.
Edited by - okbluegrassbanjopicker on 09/20/2020 19:18:58
Here’s my idea how it operates. The register closer is made of cast iron and hangs under the grate. Gravity would cause it to be in the full open position. You would pull up on the chain to the desired open position and lock the chain in the appropriate hook.
If the hooks (?) are for the register in the pic, wouldn't there need to be some pulley system to get the force from the chain aligned properly? ..or alternatively wouldn't the brass hooks have to be located directly above the register? Would the two rows of hooks mean there could have been two dampers in the ductwork?
Since the damper suggestion I've wondered if it could be attached to a damper or draft control for a fireplace or stove one story below? Would that mean a hole in the floor to accommodate the chain?
As the register appears as though it could be at the top of the stairs, I'm assuming it's for warm air, not a cold air return. [I passed Wayne's ^^ question along, but so far...no answer.]
Anyhoo, following Doug's suggestion, I've messaged Ken LeVan so hopefully he'll shed some light.
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Put it on Reddit under the "whatisthisthing" group. All we know is "banjo", or "not a banjo."
Edited by - cevant on 09/20/2020 20:46:22
I'd guess there is a removable drying rack that hangs on the hooks to utilize the vent for drying wet or damp items .
Definitely not a banjo. I'm thinking it has something to do with the register, and the critical part that would tell you what it is is missing. I have never seen anything like it. One hook seems to be bent and it is screwed to the woodwork, which would suggest that some stress was applied to it in its use,
(1) Is the position of the device near the entry to the house, or in an interior room?
(2) Is the register a heat register, or a return-air one? I once owned a Victorian house where there was a register, connected to no ductwork, in the foyer that you would put your boots etc. on and and water or snow would drip down into the cellar which had a dirt floor.
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