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Posted: 8/18/2005 12:16:52 PM EDT
If someone can tell me what the heck this thing is I would be shocked. I have no clue what it is myself.

What I can tell you is that is was buried in the dirt in the basement of a old house. The "bottle" as I will call it is made of some type of wood. It shows no decay from countless years buried in the dirt. (Up to 50 years)

The pipe that is in the picure would normally be attached to the "bottle" but has been disconnected so it can be displayed. The bottom of the device is not open , it has a "bowl" on the bottom with a drain hole{?} .

This is where the pipe/valve attached to the "bowl".

Inside of "Bowl".

Strainer built in to the top of the lid.

These gears are to keep it on track while it swivels.

As far as I can tell it is a "Party Hooka"
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:18:39 PM EDT
It's an antique Orange Juice maker.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:20:37 PM EDT
Coffee maker?
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:21:02 PM EDT
Coffee makers/Sausage Grinder
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:21:18 PM EDT
Rotating portal to hell?
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:22:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 12:22:48 PM EDT by Penguin_101]
A still?
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:22:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 12:26:22 PM EDT by Johninaustin]
Very interesting, your Hookah guess is a good one, I think it's for smoking opium. You seem to be missing a few parts.

Sure did clean up nicely. Good job.

Could the "strainer" actually be a burning grate?
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:23:20 PM EDT
18th century R2D2?
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:23:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 12:24:07 PM EDT by pzjgr]
Looks like something out of MYST...

It sure is cool though!

ETA No markings at all?
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:24:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ARKAN_the_Tiger:
Rotating portal to hell?

Event Horizon!
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:24:37 PM EDT
expresso machine
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:24:48 PM EDT
Where is an antique roadshow when you need one?

Why don't you email those photos to a museum or something and see if they can tell you what it is?

Whatever it is, it is cool. I'll take it if you don't want it!!
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:25:31 PM EDT
Artifact from ancient Antlantean technology. It was used in those days to turn gold into lead.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:26:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:27:48 PM EDT
Could you email the pix to the Smithsonian???? They may be able to help. Or perhaps a local antiques appraiser.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:29:09 PM EDT
It's an old fog machine.

The bowl holds water and as it boils is turns on the gear.

That's my guees anyways........

Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:31:10 PM EDT
clearly it's a steam clock.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:31:41 PM EDT

I belongs to a customer of mine. She has it display in Her hallway. The workmanship of the bottle is incredible. The best reply She has gotten in two years from many people /groups is that it may have been an expermental gold strainer. That doesn't explain why it swivels 360 degrees and 45 degrees up and down.

Come on guys ! I told Her I knew you could find out what is was.

I hope I don't run out of band width before I get a good answer. Anyone want to host it ?
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:35:11 PM EDT
There must be a date on it somewhere.

I have a friend who should know , and will foward to him.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:37:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 12:40:15 PM EDT by Admiral_Crunch]

Originally Posted By JAKE-T-SNAKE:
I hope I don't run out of band width before I get a good answer. Anyone want to host it ?

I got your back.

Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:39:30 PM EDT


Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:41:15 PM EDT
some kind of navigation instrument or an ice cream maker
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:41:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 1:56:34 PM EDT by KC_MO_shooter]
Cream separator.


Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:42:46 PM EDT
looks kinda like a governer for a steam engine or something like that.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:44:16 PM EDT
Alien technology.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:44:57 PM EDT
18th centryu cyclon? Better watch out before it evolves and kills us all.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:45:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 12:46:03 PM EDT by Dino]
its a machine to generate a star field on the ceiling of a planetarium

you can rotate and tilt the device to simulate seasons and precession

Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:47:25 PM EDT
1st generation Dalek
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:47:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:47:36 PM EDT
Time machine
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:47:55 PM EDT
You need to take that thing to Antiques Roadshow.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:48:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 12:52:29 PM EDT by Lord_Grey_Boots]
My first thought was Coffee Grinder. I keep thinking of Arnie in True Lies "Its a snow cone makah, no, its an expresso mahchine...."

Seriously, it looks like a coffee grinder.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:49:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NewbHunter:
You need to take that thing to Antiques Roadshow.

She said she had already done that.

Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:49:28 PM EDT
on another note....wouldn't it be cool to invent something so obscure that 200 years later hundreds of people are looking at it going "what in the FU** IS that?!?!?"

I have to go down in the basement for a while.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:51:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:52:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JAKE-T-SNAKE:

Originally Posted By NewbHunter:
You need to take that thing to Antiques Roadshow.

She said she had already done that.

So what did they say?
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:52:24 PM EDT
i would guess it's some sort of a seperator.

what ever it is they went to a lot of trouble to build it.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:52:51 PM EDT
Clearly it is a time machine. Too bad it is missing the flux capacitor or else you would be on your way.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:54:17 PM EDT
18th century marital aid.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 12:58:46 PM EDT
Just a thought, it was buried for a reason. You can try to scrape some residue from inside it and then use one of those home drug test kits the soccer moms are always buying for their kids . See if you get a positive response.

I remember a history class years ago, one of the drawings of an British opium den had something very similar to that in the middle of a circle of addicts.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 1:01:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:
Originally Posted By JAKE-T-SNAKE:
I hope I don't run out of band width before I get a good answer. Anyone want to host it ?

I got your back.

Thank you very much Admiral_Crunch I really am hoping someone knows the correct answer with some kind of proof.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 1:03:30 PM EDT
No markings on it anywhere? You examined the bottom of it right? That would be one hell of an elaborate and expensive opium pipe, I'd be suprised if it was intended for that purpose.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 1:03:38 PM EDT
Ancient alien technology!
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 1:04:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 1:04:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Janus:



Kinda like I was thinking.
R2D2's "Real Doll.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 1:05:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ilikelegs:
Jules Verne would know

Beat me to it.

I'm betting it's for burning opium. Send some photos to antique roadshow or something and find out.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 1:06:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2005 1:13:14 PM EDT by PBIR]
How does it turn on the gear? Does that handle mounted below the bell tilt it or just turn it on the gear? Or does it open a valve to dump out what is inside?
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 1:07:01 PM EDT
OH WOW I haven't seen one of those in YEARS!

It's a Samoflam, it connects to the rectifier with a 3/8" hose. Check the inline spec on the rotary girder...

nope, pure BS.

I have no idea what that is, but it looks like something you find in an industrial revolution era beer bottling plant or some other food related processing facility to me.
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 1:07:21 PM EDT
Wasn't it that thing in "Dude, Where's My Car?."
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 1:10:16 PM EDT
[Alex Trebeck] IT'S A FRIGGIN' HAMMER! [/Alex Trebeck]
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 1:11:08 PM EDT
Does it look like it's made to handle liquids or solids?

Does it generate centrifical force?
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