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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 10/3/2005 10:48:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:00:52 PM EDT
I remember that, tag for outcome
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:01:25 PM EDT
no, but I wanna see.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:03:36 PM EDT
A "contraption" buried in a basement makes me immediately think "old-school illegal still."
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:05:21 PM EDT
I would like to see what that was... Ill take a crack at it.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:05:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:12:51 PM EDT
Did it have some kind of stamp on it?
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:15:59 PM EDT
If it turns out to be alien made, I can identify it.

Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:21:58 PM EDT
Is that the post everyone thought was a compass or something like that?????????
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:26:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:47:02 PM EDT
This thing?....not a clue...




Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:56:21 PM EDT
Are there any markings on it?
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:56:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 12:01:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MrsGloftoe:
Yeah! Was that your thread?



No, but I did save the pictures.

Link Posted: 10/4/2005 12:12:58 AM EDT
Looks like some kind of sextant/compass.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 12:22:24 AM EDT
You guys are funny. I know what it is.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 12:24:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Misery:
You guys are funny. I know what it is.



Astound us with your knowledge.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 12:33:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Misery:
You guys are funny. I know what it is.




Link Posted: 10/4/2005 12:34:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Sukebe:

Originally Posted By Misery:
You guys are funny. I know what it is.







+1
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 12:37:13 AM EDT
It's an old gyrocompass. No all of it is there though. They were often very large and even had objects painted on them, although this one doesn't. The early ones almost never look exactly the same either. Do some Google searches and you'll see that's what it is. Used for navigating ships of course.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 12:52:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Misery:
It's an old gyrocompass. No all of it is there though. They were often very large and even had objects painted on them, although this one doesn't. The early ones almost never look exactly the same either. Do some Google searches and you'll see that's what it is. Used for navigating ships of course.



I don't see the resemblance....



Link Posted: 10/4/2005 12:57:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/4/2005 12:58:12 AM EDT by Misery]
LOL

A really old one!



web.mit.edu/invent/iow/sperry.html
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 1:04:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:
Yes, I recall.

No one ever figured it out after 7 or 8 pages of "it's an ancient bong, dude!"








"Ya put yer weed in there!"
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 1:22:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/4/2005 1:32:21 AM EDT by Mak]
I'd say Misery is right. Antiques Roadshow trip.

Almost looks like some kind of WWII bombsighting device.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 1:36:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/4/2005 1:39:56 AM EDT by SSeric02]

Originally Posted By Mak:
I'd say Misery is right. Antiques Roadshow trip.



Except that the object in the pics above only has the ability to move on one plane. The wooden barrel shaped part also has what appears to be a hand operated valve on the bottom and another hole on one side.

I think it is some sort of early plumbing fixture. A pump would pump the fluid into the barrel through the brass fixtures on the side, and then that fluid could be released by operating the valve at the bottom. Not sure why it has the gears so it can rotate thogh. Maybe it had a directional fixture that could be attached to the bottom valve.

ETA, looking back at the pictures, it appears to have multiple fixtures on the side, one at the mid level and one up higher. Perhaps the fluids inside could be pressurized as well.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 1:48:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 1:57:55 AM EDT
Could it be an antique industrial-sized coffee grinder or chocolate mixer?
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 2:11:58 AM EDT
From everything I've seen it looks like a compass device from an old ship, but it could be something else. I'm no expert on compasses or antiques though. The fixtures IMO are just the various handles or other mechanisms that were attached to it. I don't think it's at all close the having all the parts attached, so it looks strange. I've seen a few of those old gyrocompasses from old ships in my life and they always looked different and were pretty large as well. Keep in mind that just because it looks like plumbing doesn't mean it is. Brass was used a lot in old times on ships and the way things were attached were similar to pipe in plumbing.

If I'm wrong though, I'll be the first to admit it.
Link Posted: 10/4/2005 2:38:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SSeric02:

Originally Posted By Mak:
I'd say Misery is right. Antiques Roadshow trip.



Except that the object in the pics above only has the ability to move on one plane. The wooden barrel shaped part also has what appears to be a hand operated valve on the bottom and another hole on one side.

I think it is some sort of early plumbing fixture. A pump would pump the fluid into the barrel through the brass fixtures on the side, and then that fluid could be released by operating the valve at the bottom. Not sure why it has the gears so it can rotate thogh. Maybe it had a directional fixture that could be attached to the bottom valve.

ETA, looking back at the pictures, it appears to have multiple fixtures on the side, one at the mid level and one up higher. Perhaps the fluids inside could be pressurized as well.



That's what I'm thinkin'.

Copper and brass. It's some sort of Naval pump able to rotate and "Probably" sitting on top of a gimbal.
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