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Old 05-09-2016, 01:54 PM   #1
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Anyone know what this is/was??

Ok. Obviously a really, really slow day here at the marko household but here goes:

About 50+ years ago a neighbor was putting in a new driveway and dug up this "thing". It was rusted metal, round and about 4 feet high and maybe 2 1/2 feet around.

Half of it looked like 6 inch pipe and the other half had dozens of these (for want of a better word) "fingers" that radiated out about 18 inches on each side from the center. As far as I know, the ends of those fingers nor the pipe end were not open to air so my theory of some sort of drain doesn't fit; I'm also wondering if it might be the innards of a boiler...except the land was mostly farmland.

It looked a lot like the hairbrush photo below, except of course it was metal and weighed a couple hundred pounds. It's possible it was farm equipment but I don't know. It has long since disappeared; no one knew what it was at the time but I've always wondered.

Anyone here have a guess (and please, no, it's not a giant hair brush!)

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Old 05-09-2016, 02:04 PM   #2
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Sounds like part of an old cotton gin:
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Old 05-09-2016, 02:06 PM   #3
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Perhaps a "spike aerator"?

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(and please, no, it's not a giant hair brush!)
Oh drat! There goes my best guess. It looks just like one. I thought maybe the Jolly Green Giant's spouse had dropped her hairbrush.
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Old 05-09-2016, 02:19 PM   #5
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Sounds like part of an old cotton gin:
I doubt it...not up here in New England. Plus the fingers were about two inches in diameter and 18 inches long

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Perhaps a "spike aerator"?

Possibly. But the ends of the fingers were blunt and (as note above) about two inches across. I could see two of these on each side of a wagon or something though.
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I thought it was Kim Kardashian's hair brush.......she's got a pretty big head.
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I thought it was Kim Kardashian's hair brush.......she's got a pretty big head.

Are you sure it is her head that's big?


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Old 05-09-2016, 03:53 PM   #8
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Based on RobbieB's tip of a spike aerator I did some googling and found this:

Looking like its a "sheepshead roller" or "sheepsfoot roller" used to compact earth. Thanks folks!

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Old 05-10-2016, 10:08 PM   #9
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Looks like a hair brush I combed our pets with to remove shedding hair.
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:37 PM   #10
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Maybe it was some kind of farm equipment "stirring" attachment, made for moving grain around in a hopper, or moving foliage around in some harvesting machine.
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Do you all remember the Boufont (sp) hair styles that the Ladies had in the 60-70's. This was the hair brush they used! LOL
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