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    It would be easier to guess if the thumbnails in the pic were actually clickable for enlargement. I'm not industrious enough to dial up c-list Austin myself. I think it's a handcrank whet-stone, missing the stone wheel. The cup might've been the cooling-lubricating water basin.

    Or it's a funky yard art plant stand for the gazebo.
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    Good point. Fixed.

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    It's no whetstone.

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    Gronical macerator.
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    An old plumbers lead pot?


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    Forge blower?

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    That gear probably drives a shaft going down to the lower part. Don't know what it did.

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    It looks kinda like a small forge and blower to me as well.... or at least parts of a small forge and blower

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    I suspect there is another gear on the bottom of the shaft. I wish they had shown a photo looking down into the lower hole.

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    I own a couple of hand cranked forge blowers, doubt that is part of one, but could be.

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    50-55 RPM is a narrow range

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    Cream separator missing some parts.

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    I think Tom's got it.

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    Here’s the link with clickables:
    https://austin.craigslist.org/atq/d/...284301367.html
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    A separator is an excellent guess but I don't think that's it.

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    What is the bottom part for? looks a fire box to me.
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    The plumber suggestion had me thinking- could it be a small charcoal or coke fuelled furnace, with hand powered blower, for heating ladles of white metal for bearings?
    I have had a few cars with white metal bearings, run into the con rods, rather than the modern shell bearings.

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    The bottom part is why I think not a milk separator.

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    That gear drives a vertical something hand powered. Jimmy is right about the incongruity of the base. The chase is on!
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    Looks like an ordinary bevel gear to me.
    One of these ladles will fit nicely in the thing illustrated. There was probably a hinged lid, now missing.
    Babbitt (white metal) for bearings.

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    About fifty quid a ton as scrap.
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Looks like the missing lid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Looks like an ordinary bevel gear to me.
    One of these ladles will fit nicely in the thing illustrated. There was probably a hinged lid, now missing.
    Babbitt (white metal) for bearings.

    pouring.jpg
    I'm not buying it.



    If that's a barely-visible sprue hole, and that cup thingie is a fire box, what is the metal pointy thing coming in from the left?

    In this pic it's on the right:



    Also in that second pic, what is the little bulge in the center of the bottom bowl? Looks like it houses the lower end of the shaft that is driven by the bevel gear at the top.
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    More WAGing. The thing in Ozna's first post above is a gas inlet. The valve to adjust is on the outside as in pic two. The rectangular plate in front is to access the flame box, for accesss as necessary? I think the missing cap for the pot holder with the injector was on a hinge. Also missing, I think, is a top cover for the gear, and it maybe had an air inlet. The gear drives the turbine inside the big bulge, with air from above and gas from the injector with the valve.

    The gear ratio, the unseen gear on the shaft is small, makes the handle crank relatively slowly to spin the thing inside the bulge rapidly, enough to generate considerable flow from a turbine fan on the bottom of the shaft. There's also a small hole in the bottom of the cup with the injector, and there's also a pin looking thing on the bottom front of the cup.

    It now seems to me that we had a very similar thread some few years ago. It's not a pencil sharpener, either.
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    looks like a gigantic bong. made before they had cool psychedelic glass blowers

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    I think that hole in the bottom centre is where the flame/hot gas emerges to heat the ladle. The horizontal thing might be some sort of temperature sensor? looks too small to be the gas supply if it is gas fired.
    I am a bit puzzled about the possible stoke hole; I would expect that to be hinged if it was coke fired. A tantalising mystery!
    Some ancient Model T fixer-upper somewhere must have met one, surely?

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    The melting point of Babbitt (white metal) is only 450°f (you can do it on the kitchen stove)

    Looking at hand cranked cream separators it has some similarities.
    (which I have a hit and miss Lawson engine for a De Laval cream separator, it would be interesting to find the rest of it!)

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    cream separator

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    Not the same as the OP, but remarkably similar...a cream separator. Thanks Canoeyawl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stiletto View Post
    Not the same as the OP, but remarkably similar...a cream separator. Thanks Canoeyawl.

    Well, I think this put separator back on the table. I perused the Google image results for "antique cream separator" and didn't find anything remotely similar to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Dryfoot View Post
    Well, I think this put separator back on the table. I perused the Google image results for "antique cream separator" and didn't find anything remotely similar to that.
    I noticed that Alfa Laval had most pics, they must really have cornered the market. I started looking for something different in collections and found that.
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    Wisconsin has flower planter cream separators and a few incorporated into mail box posts. That Texas version is just different.
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