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OK - if the family are reading this...
Between buying this as a birthday present and giving it, I photographed it.
Circa 1953: but what is it?
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A wild guess is its a gun of some sort?
No I don't think a gun. But those metal surfaces have age and history, they have a story. Wonderfully tactile. I would have guessed 1940s or 1950s.
V2 I find fascinating - what does it do, I wonder?
You give interesting presents.
Will come back.
V2 is the key. Its a sliding mechanism that needs to be greased.
It's an old Oil-can !!!!!!!!!!..........nice bit of detailing !!
The sliding bit is the filler hole....& the plunger opens the spout-valve !!.....used to use one many years ago !!!!
V2 was saying oil can, with that handle, but I couldn't fit V2 into the equation.
Excellent macro photography!
An old door knob? Or the bottom of an old pewter stein. Now I see there's V2 and V3. So....an old water can, or oil can.
Very lovely indeed. Colours, tones, textures, what's not to like?!!
It is indeed a War Department oil can (or had it become the Ministry of Defence by then? I'm not sure). Keith said it first!
Our son is a mechanical design engineer with [a well-known British turbine company, often erroneously confused with a luxury car manufacturer] - and like many similarly-qualified and experienced people, he's slightly offended that instead of having a specific honorific, as they do in Germany, engineers in the UK are easily and frequently confused with maintenance staff who oil things.
This was, therefore, duly presented, bearing a label: "Engineer: A Man with a Can" - bowing in the direction of The Usual Suspects, of course...
It will be of use: he cycles a lot, and therefore mends his bike from time to time. It does not involve any blades operating in an environment hotter than the melting point of the metal from which they are manufactured. (Yes. Really. Clever internal cooling, I believe.)
Cool image, John.
You capture and present the things in a perfect manner.
I feel a challenge coming on in revenge.
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