Friday, 11 April 2014
Above picture shows our garden, with, in the top left hand corner, the potting shed/forge. I was doing a little leisurely clearing-out in the forge earlier this week, when I came across this weeks MYSTERY OBJECT, which is shown below. This one really is a mystery object, in that, although it's been kicking about the forge for some years, I really don't know what it is; so I should value your opinions as to its purpose. I perhaps should add, that having now examined it carefully, I think I do have some idea about it what it was made for.
It is heavily sprung (rather like a very large safety pin). It is about twelve and a half inches in overall length, and is obviously blacksmith made.
It has, as shown in the below picture four claws to each side of it. If it's what I suspect it is, then one small part of it is missing. A spare pivotting point is just visible to the left of the upper claw. Any way, all guesses (and any knowledge) would be gratefully received.