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My wife and I go to live auctions and came across a box with a bunch of things in it. One of the things is the object in the picture. Any ideas as to what it is? It looks old to me because the points on the wheel don't appear even except at the very ends where it probably matters. So if it was mass produced, it was probably a while ago. To me it maybe looks like some kind of accessory for a sewing machine, but I could be way off.
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Joined: Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:11 am Location: Oregon, USA
The toothed wheels remind me of the rowels on a western riding spur, but the square shaft and threaded rod don't make much sense.
A conventional spur diverges into two curved rods that wrap around the rider's heel. (Hence the word 'spur' I guess.) This couldn't be attached to the heel of a riding boot, but the rod could be screwed into the heel. That would only make sense if it was custom built for someone who wanted an unusual spur configuration, or a very short rider who wore higher heels. Except for the rowels, the workmanship is uncharacteristically crude for a riding spur.
That's not a very probable guess, but it's a start. Next guess, please!
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