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Charles in Aus.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:50 pm    Post subject: What is it ? A weird one . Reply to specific post Reply with quote

On a lighter note .
I found this a while ago and collected it with some things I've taken from the farm for safekeeping while the fires rage .
It is made of bronze and quite heavy for its size . The external thread is very fine , the spigot is barbed in order to hold a tube of sorts and there is a small lug that looks to have held some type of chain or safety cord . I found it about six inches deep under an apple tree
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:18 pm    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Looks like it'd screw into a barrel and I guess the spout is to attach a hose to drain whatever fluid is in the barrel.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:23 pm    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I agree. Looks as if it would screw into a 55 gallon oil drum. Over there in Australia that is so horrible. So many animals killed and when you see video footage of some things even I had to turn away. God bless everyone and all creatures.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:39 pm    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If it was for a 55 gal drum then how would it seal from leaking around the threads?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:42 pm    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Possibly screws into a drum like others said. The knob might be a place to hook the handle of a pail on though it is a little small for that. Maybe it is a thumb grip for screwing it into the drum.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:18 pm    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I don't know how three identical images popped up ? I will try again .




Thread seems far too fine for a 44 gallon drum bung and the object is too small at approx an inch and even eighths across , too small for the big bung and too large for the little .
It's the external thread that puzzles me , otherwise I would have thought it was some type of suction fitting . It really is a heavy well made piece , the little hole in the lug is only an eighth in diameter , just enough for a ring or light chain link .

I am sick to my heart by the suffering of our animals jeffcat , untold hundreds of thousands are dead and in the most horrific of ways . My farm is almost 120km from the fire front , overhead flocks of birds are screeching and circling about looking for water and a clear space free of smoke . Animals never seen before are wandering dazed and misplaced after fleeing the fires for huge distances . Dozens of dead ones lined the highway on my way home , too afraid to stay and too paniced to exercise caution they just run out in front of traffic . It truly is heartbreaking to see.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:24 pm    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Could it have come off of a windmill to hook a hose to?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:29 am    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The situation with the wildlife sounds dire. Your area doesn't get much rainfall per year, does it? Any chance of a rainy spell coming up?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:14 am    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Wishing the best for you and your farm. What I see on the news is just awful they say over a billion animals dead I can't even
imagine that not to mention the acreage, homes and human life lost. STAY SAFE.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:36 am    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It could be a spout from a military fuel can "jerry can" looks to be about the right size spout may have been longer and had a chain hooked to it to prevent loss. looks very close to some I have seen
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:45 am    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It could be the fill hose adapter from an overhead petrol tank.
Do you have fire risk on your property? A tilled buffer zone is modestly easy to create, A study has shown that flammable roof materials, and combustible siding are the two most
likely to initiate destruction of structures. One from falling embers, and the other from direct fire on siding. Take care I wish I could help on site. Jim
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:59 am    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The only thing similar I've seen was at the windmill only it was screwed onto a pipe going to a hog waterer. This was like 60 years ago, got know idea why I'd remember that.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:51 pm    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . SOLVED Reply to specific post Reply with quote


The mystery is solved , the difficulty was partly my fault , the ' Threads ' are not threads at all , rather they are ribs meant to hold a rubber ring on .

It is a bronze hose bib , an early version of the sort designed to attach a hose to an otherwise smooth tap outlet before the advent of threaded tap ends and ' click ' fittings .
The runner ring had some type of finger turned hose clip on it to tighten it against the tap outlet , the small lug held a hook that could be used to hang a bucket from to catch drips .
The size of it confused me a little , but then it was most likely used on much larger taps used on the gravity fed water tanks that were the only water supply back in 1915 when the building went up .

Thanks all , and especially for the thoughts concerning the fire crisis , estimates of just under a billion dead animals are fairly upsetting . To put the size into perspective they currently cover six million hectares Australia wide , the total area of England is a little more than thirteen million hectares . The fires in Australia cover just under half of the area of the UK and are increasing each day .
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:31 pm    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . SOLVED Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I've since found out that the lug held a wire bale that helped secure the fitting to the tap .
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:55 pm    Post subject: Re: What is it ? A weird one . Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I suspect it is an attachment to a hand pump (Pitcher pump, Hee haw pump as dad always called it). We used many of the Columbiana hand pumps in the state forests where I worked and each new pump came with a adapter to hook up a hose to and yes, they had a barb on them so a pail could be hung while filling. They looked nearly identical. Was there an old well anywhere near where you found it by chance?
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