Bob Cahn Guess What Article for August 2001
By Bob Cahn, “The Primitive Man”
When an item has a key or a cylinder lock like this month’s “Guess What,” it should send a message that includes the words “restricting,” “restraining,” “preventing,” “securing,” “deterring,” “detaining.” Having said that, all that remains is to fill you in on the dimensions as well as some leading and misleading possibilities. Closed, it measures 10 3/4 x 5 1/2” and has a patent date of August 25, 1914 – Los Angeles, CA.
Let the pondering proceed! Is it:
- Wedding band for Paul Bunyan
- Fire hydrant vandalism guard
- Chastity ring for a horny bull elephant
- Broken limb splint holder
- Primitive ox cart whip lash neck brace
- 3-legged race anti-cheating device
- African cultural tribal body enhancement neck ring
- Baby stroller hijacker protection
- Straying husband prevention
- Mastiff dog collar
- Ice traction horse shoe fastener
- Aborigine ear lobe adornment
- Fence post swinging gate lock
- Golf cart theft deterrent
- Police station arsenal shotgun rack weapons guard
- Slave Shackle
- Ubangi lip enlarger
- Laundromat clothes basket lock
- Broken car trunk lock hatch hold-down
- Double wrist manacle
- Motorcycle or bicycle guard
- Baseball dugout bat rack security.
We have NOT included the answer — saving that for next mouth. An important clue to point you in the right direction is to focus on the point–pivotal to the solution.!*
*Thanks to column supporter Mike Goodman for this contribution.
Answer to July 2001 Issue Guess What..?
Master teapot steeper or brewer – that says it all. This piece dates back to C. 1855 BTB — before teabags. When brewing a master pot of tea, one would use a so-called metal teabag (with its microscopic machine punched holes) to keep the floating tea leaves from seeping into the cup when pouring.*
*From the 50TH wedding anniversary collection of dealers/collectors Ernie and Edna Jones – Mohegan Lake, NY.