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Can any one please help me identify this object?

  1. Jun 2, 2016 #1
    P1020362.JPG P1020363.JPG P1020365.JPG P1020364.JPG P1020366.JPG I dug up this object with a rototiller on a friend of mines lot that he has owned for 40 years. I believe this is made of marble. It is semi polished. The inside threads are tapered. I have given the dimensions below. Please help.
    LENGTH 3.75"
    TAPERED WIDTH 2.25" to 1.50"
    HOLE DEPTH 1.75"
    WEIGHT 12oz.
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  3. Jun 2, 2016 #2


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    It could be a Victorian period cistern pull .

    A brass fitting goes in the hole and this is connected via chain to the cistern lever .

    Most commonly made of china , ivory or wood .

    A slightly more posh one
  4. Jun 2, 2016 #3


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    It could also be the working end of a pestle .

    Mortar and pestle
  5. Jun 3, 2016 #4
    Of the two the pestle is the one.I had one like it.
    The cistern pull has a hole all the way through it to secure the chain.
    The pestle is smooth so it can grind.
  6. Jun 3, 2016 #5
    It could be the marble handle of almost anything from an earlier time. Obviously the wooden part has rotted away. I would be looking for other pieces to see if you can't cobble some parts together and then get a better idea of what the greater object is. If you find something else don't forget to mark its location and its distance from the original object. Then you'll get a better idea of the size of the larger object that this marble handle is a part of.
  7. Jun 3, 2016 #6
    And, yes, it does resemble a cistern pull. I actually looked at some online and they are usually connected to a metal fitting which is connected to a chain. I'd be sweeping the area in your garden with a metal detector. That is if you're still interested. Sometimes it's fun to do these little personal 'anthropology' projects.
  8. Jun 3, 2016 #7


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    It does not have the end wear expected on a pestle.

    The thread does not look like a wood thread. Most brass tube is threaded with 26 tpi. What is the pitch of the thread ?

    If marble, the hole would be drilled and tapped, then a bolt in a lathe would hold the article while the profile was cut and polished.
  9. Jun 3, 2016 #8
    And even if it was wood, there should probably still be a brass or copper fitting. That's why he should go back in with a metal detector. Any mystery is a good mystery.
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