Guess What Article for January 2006 The Journal of Antiques & Collectibles
By Bob Cahn, “The Primitive Man”
This month’s column horoscope says. “May the force be with you” – but it doesn’t distinguish or define. Are we talking ESP, the earth’s gravity pull, brute strength, battering ram power, hurricane velocity, tornado energy or ethereal vaporizing – with a little ectoplasm for good measure?
What we’re really focusing on is centrifugal force. We have a wire mesh cage imprisoned in a drum, with a hand crank gear of unbelievable speed ratio that out-performs your washing machine on spin/dry cycle. Meant to be included, but not available for the photo – a metal stand on legs. A drainage valve is at the bottom. Looks like a crude carnival cotton candy machine – minus the health inspector’s sticker – but it’s not, nor is it a gardeners top soil sifter.
Dimensions: 29 inches high x 18 inches diameter; gear adds 6 inches to height. Basket insert is 10-1/2 inches square x 20 inches deep. The piece is made by the Kretchmer Mfg. Co., Council Bluffs, Iowa.
A few suggested uses, including the correct one. Is it:
- Bauxite (aluminum) element mine spinning ore retriever
- Ice house sawdust de-clumper
- Farmers wheat chaff fluffer
- Laundromat prototype wet wash moisture remover
- Logging camp wood chip filter
- Beekeepers honeycomb separator
- “Church of the Wilderness bingo ball number mixer
- Skunked clothing aerator
- Walnut sheller and nut meat collector
- Upholsterers down cushion stuffing conditioner.
May we be the LAST to wish you a Happy 2006! Answer next month. Till then!*
*Thanx K & L Antiques (Keigh & Laura Evans) Tustin, CA
(*available for acquisition)
Answer to December’s Guess What
Last month we featured a quaint and colorful piece of German folk art in the forum of six carved chick napkin rings, neatly stacked in its own double row holder.