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What was this Bronze item used for?

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posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 07:39 PM
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Does anyone know what this bronze item might have been used for? Actually, WHAT is it?

I have checked google and sellers of ancient items of bronze, iron etc. but have not found anything similar to this. I mean I don't even really know what to search for because I don't know what it's called. Time period is somewhere around 1st - 3rd century A.D.

Thanks in advance.

MEASUREMENTS: 18 mm x 31 mm.




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posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 07:43 PM
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looks like a piece that would go on a tiller. To churn up the soil for farming?



posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 07:45 PM
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Ancient garden weasel? Does this mean our ancestors had their own annoying Billy Mays shouting at them to purchase this thing?



posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 07:46 PM
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That would be my guess too

Or perhaps part of a pulley to work as a gear



posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 07:50 PM
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Some idea of scale might be helpful too.

Knowing their mechanical aptitude (eg: the Antikythera mechanism) I think this would be a gear.

I'm assuming it is Greek but I just realised that there is nothing in the post that identified it as such.
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posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 07:52 PM
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It looks like a well stop. For when the bucket was up to the top a wooden pin would hold it, while the user was handling the water bucket.

Doesn't have a ruler to measure so its a guess.



posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 08:01 PM
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Can you give us a link to more information on this, or the dimensions of it?

To me, appears obvious that it's a gear & winch/pulley mechanism of some sort - knowing the size would help. The hole in center would be for some sort of mount post/axle, and the groove between the two teethed edges would be for a rope/cable.

Looks like would be part of a device that pulls rope to rotate it, causing the teeth to turn gears or the like on both sides.



posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 08:05 PM
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Just realised, it's a hexal-sprocket sparval vane!

Took me a while because the dingle arm wasn't attached (you need the dingle arm to prevent sinusoidal pleneration).


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posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 08:08 PM
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MEASUREMENTS: 18 mm x 31 mm.

Sorry completely forgot to include those. But yeah, relatively small.



posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 08:09 PM
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Without some size reference I can only speculate but if it's about the size of a fist it could be the head for a mace or scepter of some kind.

Then again if its small it could be a bobble on a necklace...

EDIT: ok scratch the mace then - likely a representation of the sun on some necklace or something.
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posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 08:42 PM
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Ah, in that case...

Exactly what I said, but designed for and used by the Lilliputians from Gulliver's Travels.

Either that or it's just a small, fancy thread spool for old-school high-class ladies that could afford that type of work.

FINE, I'll shut up now. Anyone else got any bright ideas.



posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 08:53 PM
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Based on wear marks on it I am going guess that it some kind of cog used to adjust the speed of some manner of primative machinery. Perhaps a grainery pestle with it's grinding stone driven by horse or water wheel?
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posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 09:44 PM
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While I dont know what this item is I do not think it is part of any sort of mechanical device. The workmanship tells me its some sort of adornment.



posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 11:36 PM
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Or maybe a primitive electromagnetic gigaflux reactivator?

www.wowhead.com...=9492/electromagnetic-gigaflux-reactivator

Just throwing fun words around




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posted on Apr, 20 2011 @ 12:50 AM
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Originally posted by Topato
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Or maybe a primitive electromagnetic gigaflux reactivator?

www.wowhead.com...=9492/electromagnetic-gigaflux-reactivator

Just throwing fun words around




No I think gigaflux rectivator would have more of a heptadic choro-resonance cavity visible inward of the fonduli, so I think that is ruled out.

I'm still going with the sparval vane, however I can see why you may have concluded that, with all the corrosion that has probably occurred.



posted on Apr, 20 2011 @ 02:23 AM
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it's the first fishing reel



posted on Apr, 20 2011 @ 02:29 AM
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maybe its a ancient game peice they used to make a move on a gameboard..Im just guessing

was probley used as a part to a pully..



posted on Apr, 20 2011 @ 03:40 AM
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Maybe an earring.

Ask somebody who works at a piercing shop and see if it matches the sort of size one would expect for the kinds of earrings that create big ear holes. I'm not into that stuff, but I think the hole would be big but not unusually big for a busy shop these days. I have no idea about the width though, as in if it's too wide or not, but a piercer would know.

I'm not sure about the sun or star shape being on both sides. That might actually be the more interesting thing to get a piercing shop worker's opinion on.

It seems like from wiki that bronze is a plausible material for a piercing at least:

en.wikipedia.org...

Also, bronze in general is fairly resistant to sea water corrosion, so it wouldn't be a bad choice for an ancient sea farer. Yarrrrrrrr.



posted on Apr, 20 2011 @ 04:33 AM
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I know who you are, Dont even try to deny it. You are that guy at the oil change place that tried to sell me some headlight fluid and windshield wiper timing gears. You are soooooo busted.



posted on Apr, 20 2011 @ 09:17 AM
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This is strange but I'm going with

Annunaki French Tickler?




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