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Title: What is it?
Post by: BigRedDog on March 01, 2016, 12:16:25 PM
Sorry Fuzz...

couldn't find any photos (that I dared post anyway) so we'll try something different.

We'll try something more for the 'engineer' types!!!

My wife found this in our daughter's stuff a few days ago as she was packing it up to take to her in Florida.

At first I thought it was a tension lever from inside an electrical circuit breaker but I can't see anyplace where anything has been rubbing.  It's quite rigid and doesn't flex like it seems it would for a  tension spring though.

The battery is just there for size reference.

Any ideas?

The issue here is even if someone gets it right I don't know if that's right or not...

or maybe it will jog my memory and I'll recognize it then.  I'm pretty sure it's something of mine as I remember seeing it before.  I'm guessing the cat was playing with it and that's the reason it was in her room.

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac260/bigreddog1/IMG_20160301_1152525201_zpsutlwvrh0.jpg) (http://s905.photobucket.com/user/bigreddog1/media/IMG_20160301_1152525201_zpsutlwvrh0.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: nails on March 01, 2016, 12:50:23 PM

Anything in a mini-blind rail apparatus ?
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 01, 2016, 03:08:00 PM
Sheeesh...  you said battery and I was all primed up for a sex toy....  Looks like a handle for something...
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: NewDawn on March 01, 2016, 03:30:53 PM
A drawer pull handle?

Or pull handle for a metal something or other.  lol
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: Frenchfry on March 01, 2016, 04:13:15 PM
Can't imagine it would be much of a handle if the object projected even slightly beyond the plane of the "hinge point"...I mean I doubt it would leave enough room for the average finger to grasp. Note the tapered end compared to the blunt end. Not sure of the significance of that observation...just thought I'd bring it up. The bottom-line...I'm stumped.
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: Professor H on March 01, 2016, 04:16:43 PM
that's what I was thinking  - the top handle to an old metal box...

but as Fry pointed out its not completely symmetrical
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: The Fuzz on March 01, 2016, 06:33:40 PM
The blunt end probably goes first into a hole on a bracket, and the other end goes into a bracket too but has to be bent ever so slightly to get the tapered end through hole.

Stumped here as well.
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: Frenchfry on March 01, 2016, 06:39:01 PM
It's possible one end goes in a hole in a projection and the other end snaps in a slot...say like a plastic piece.

Still not sure why one end is tapered though.
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: SidecarFlip on March 01, 2016, 06:41:27 PM
Some Gorilla tape and careful wrapping and it could hang frenchie up in a closet. ;D
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: Frenchfry on March 01, 2016, 06:44:11 PM
Some Gorilla tape and careful wrapping and it could hang frenchie up in a closet. ;D
Why, what did BB's dad do?

Or maybe you hate the French like you hate everybody else that's different from you.
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: BigRedDog on March 01, 2016, 07:03:30 PM
All good possibilities...

nails may be onto something.  The mini blinds in there have been the victim of both cats and dogs over the years to the point of literally being ripped clear down at least once.

I'm going and look up some general blind parts breakdowns.

But don't stop 'thinking' ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: arpydave on March 01, 2016, 07:36:12 PM
It's the handle from a left handed bacon stretcher. Used them all the time in the Navy. It was the best way to stretch your grocery dollar.  :D
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: NewDawn on March 01, 2016, 07:37:21 PM
An old file cabinet pull?
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: BigRedDog on March 02, 2016, 07:23:34 AM
I didn't find anything online for a matching part in any mini blinds but I'm sure they're not all the same either.  I do recall seeing this part before...   whatever it is :-\ :-\ :-\

Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: BigRedDog on March 06, 2016, 09:17:10 AM
Any new thoughts on this?

I'm still not 100% sure on the thought it's from some blinds...   just that a few sets of blinds have been broken in that same area.  I did send the picture to our daughter and she has no idea in the world.  She's pretty sure it isn't anything of hers.
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: The Fuzz on March 07, 2016, 02:06:27 PM
I'm kinda with New Dawn on this........I believe it is some sort of pull for a small tray from perhaps even a circuit board or small transformer box.
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: Frenchfry on March 08, 2016, 01:26:11 AM
There is something about the finish that reminds me of galvanizing.

Could it be something that belongs to some outdoor equipment...I'm thinking along the lines of camping stuff.

The way the ends are slightly bent makes me think they'd straighten if they were compressed between whatever held it in place.
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: BigRedDog on March 08, 2016, 06:49:17 AM
There is something about the finish that reminds me of galvanizing.

Could it be something that belongs to some outdoor equipment...I'm thinking along the lines of camping stuff.

The way the ends are slightly bent makes me think they'd straighten if they were compressed between whatever held it in place.

Yes, it does appear to be galvanized or some similar plating.

A couple of things I didn't mention before...

It is steel (magnet sucks it right up) and it does not flex at all...

my first thought was it was some kind of a tension spring but it has no flex whatsoever.  I'm sure if I pushed on it hard enough to bend it that it would not spring back at all.
Title: Re: What is it?
Post by: Tiny on March 12, 2016, 09:31:49 PM
My first thought when I saw it was a window sash tension spring but like you said it looks too rigid. I think it's too small for a handle compared to AA battery.
Still looking.

(http://www.doorandwindowparts.com/images/products/F-2537_02.jpg)

(http://www.houseofantiquehardware.com/core/media/media.nl?id=2248&c=411534&h=b01ab12978c24c12b939)

(http://www.swisco.com/images/pictures/2013/05/19930.jpg)