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Can anyone identify what this wooden object is?

by Josh
posted 03-14-2016 05:39 PM


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#1 posted 03-14-2016 05:50 PM

might be some kind of gladiator helmet
pull down over head
and cinch the neck with the straps

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 06:11 PM

that just might be the first claw machine claw.

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#3 posted 03-14-2016 06:17 PM

I’d say some kind of ancient ball for a sport. Looks like it’s missing some straps to keep it balled up completely.

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#4 posted 03-14-2016 06:19 PM

That’s a model of an ancient war machine.
The Romans would roll it up to the castle and when it opened up they would all jump out.

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#5 posted 03-14-2016 06:23 PM

Steampunk Orange.

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#6 posted 03-14-2016 06:32 PM

Horse hoove trap. You throw it and it lands spikes up, horses hooves go ‘owww!’

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#7 posted 03-14-2016 06:59 PM

It’s a really old cool looking thing-a-mabob.

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#8 posted 03-14-2016 07:07 PM

I’m gonna go with a ball that pieces could be replaced if they broke. Either way stupid cool.

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#9 posted 03-14-2016 07:12 PM

It could very well be a thigamabob, Bob ;)


It s a really old cool looking thing-a-mabob.

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#10 posted 03-14-2016 07:24 PM

...whiskey…tango…foxtrot….

I wouldn’t even know how to google that thing…

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#11 posted 03-14-2016 07:29 PM

Ok, so I googled “ball made of wedges of wood with leather straps”, and they called me and wanted to know what my problem was.

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#12 posted 03-14-2016 07:29 PM

Roll it into the ball shape, and flush it down a drain pipe to clean the pipe out.

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#13 posted 03-14-2016 08:07 PM

AKA tangle foot

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#14 posted 03-14-2016 08:21 PM

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#15 posted 03-14-2016 08:23 PM

bandit571, I tough the same thing about sewer cleaning balls like those in the old Paris sewers but those were a lot bigger.

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#16 posted 03-15-2016 12:06 AM

If it was ever flushed you would instantly know as it would stink.

Why have it splay? If you were clearing a pipe it would be a simple lead ball, not something that wants to float. How can it go down a pipe if its wood & floats?

Its something to be shot and land, splayed, as an area denial weapon. If the ball is 8” dia, the splayed dia is around 24”. Pretty good for a no step zone. Or not.

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#17 posted 03-15-2016 12:24 AM

That would be a chastity device for men. During the middle ages women would put the device in the mens armor and this would take there minds off of procreating.

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#18 posted 03-15-2016 02:22 PM

Reminds me of the old teaching models for teaching triangles and circle segments. Never seen a ball like this, but they were still using wooden models to pass around class when I took my first geometry class.

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#19 posted 03-15-2016 02:35 PM

Went Googling; Look at http:galenlowe.blogspot.com/2009-11-01-archive.html
Scroll down the page. He has a short write up about them. Dissected Sphere Model.

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#20 posted 03-15-2016 02:41 PM



Went Googling; Look at http:galenlowe.blogspot.com/2009-11-01-archive.html
Scroll down the page. He has a short write up about them. Dissected Sphere Model.

- bold1

Great find! Thanks for solving this mystery!

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#21 posted 03-15-2016 03:09 PM


Went Googling; Look at http:galenlowe.blogspot.com/2009-11-01-archive.html
Scroll down the page. He has a short write up about them. Dissected Sphere Model.

- bold1

http://galenlowe.blogspot.com/search/label/Object%20%232%20Dissected%20Sphere

He has some interesting stuff!

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#22 posted 03-15-2016 04:04 PM

Well bandit571, I guess our sewer ball idea went down the drain.
Occam’s Razor strikes again as the simplest explanation is usually the right one.

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#23 posted 03-15-2016 06:57 PM

Quoting from that link …

”This example by Albert H. Kennedy (1848-1940) of Rockport, Indiana is one of the few made in America and the only manufacture who used leather to join the moving segments. ”

Looks like you may have something pretty rare there, Josh.

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