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Sep 2, 2021 - 4:04:25 PM
14 posts since 5/16/2020

Hi all,

Some time ago I purchased a violin which was in an old wooden case. In that wooden case, I found this thing. Any ideas what it could be or would have been used for? It's about 24 inches long.

Thanks


 

Sep 2, 2021 - 4:14:40 PM

12398 posts since 9/23/2009

I don't know, but gonna guess possible sound post setter thing.

Sep 2, 2021 - 5:57:47 PM
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The fiddler was probably old and used that to pull up his socks in the morning.

Sep 2, 2021 - 5:59:45 PM
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Old Scratch

Canada

818 posts since 6/22/2016

"The fiddler was probably old and used that to pull up his socks in the morning."

Dang! Anyone know where I can get me one of them things??

Sep 3, 2021 - 5:03:55 AM

5407 posts since 9/26/2008

At 24" that would be an awkward sounds post setter. It definitely has a purpose but I've no clue.

Sep 3, 2021 - 5:10:25 AM

5407 posts since 9/26/2008

Is the end an odd crescent rather than a full circle? I'd like to see it from a couple of angles as a closer look at the tip. Are the two pieces of wood attached with glue?

Sep 5, 2021 - 7:28:43 AM
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boxbow

USA

2680 posts since 2/3/2011

Didn't they used to use a tool for buttoning ladies footwear? I'm assuming the lighter brown material at the top of the picture is for hanging it up somewhere.

Sep 5, 2021 - 8:48:14 AM

5407 posts since 9/26/2008

I see now that that there is a screw holding it on. Curious tool.

Sep 6, 2021 - 8:35:44 AM
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boxbow

USA

2680 posts since 2/3/2011

Whatever it's used for, it looks awfully delicate. Even new it wouldn't stand up to much.

Sep 7, 2021 - 7:25:21 AM
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Sep 7, 2021 - 10:22:36 AM
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DougD

USA

10296 posts since 12/2/2007

Amazing! It really does look like one. If it is, that would rank right up there on the list of "strangest things found in old fiddle cases!"

Edited by - DougD on 09/07/2021 10:26:05

Sep 7, 2021 - 12:06:05 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by DougD

Amazing! It really does look like one. If it is, that would rank right up there on the list of "strangest things found in old fiddle cases!"


Agree on both accounts. I don't think that is what it is though - what would be the purpose of the extra bit at the end? And it looks a little like bow wood, not entirely delicate. 

Sep 7, 2021 - 12:59:24 PM
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Atlatl.. I looked at google images and went through the entire list of them ..Hundreds of photos, literally.. Not ONE had an attachment above the spur like the one shown in the OP... Other than that, it Does RESEMBLE an Atlatl. I also looked up how to pronounce it... basically it is, AT-Laddle..Fun word.

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 09/07/2021 13:00:57

Sep 7, 2021 - 2:01:30 PM
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281 posts since 4/15/2019

I have figured it out! An atlatl was used to throw long spears a long distance. The reason it was in a fiddle case is after you have had a day like I have had of playing, you take your fiddle and duct tape it to a long spear and throw it as far as you can!

Sep 7, 2021 - 2:37:10 PM
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boxbow

USA

2680 posts since 2/3/2011

The atlatl was a predecessor to the bow. So this isn't a baroque bow, it's a prehistoric bow.

Sep 7, 2021 - 5:35:09 PM
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443 posts since 7/18/2014

I think it’s a fiddle faddle.

I don’t think it’s an atlatl though. I guess it could be one that someone made for junior to play with. An authentic atlatl had a stone counter weight tied mid-way of the shaft. I don’t think the small shaft end would hold up to the force of launching a very big spear. I have one of the stone counter weights, it’s upstairs somewhere in a box, could be three or four thousand years old, maybe more, maybe much more.

Sep 7, 2021 - 7:26:33 PM

Old Scratch

Canada

818 posts since 6/22/2016

No, it's an instrument for some gruesome 18th century medical intervention. We've all heard of fiddling barbers, and barber-surgeons, so it stands to reason. I'm surprised there wasn't a pair of scissors and a straight-razor in the case as well .....

Sep 7, 2021 - 7:27:51 PM

DougD

USA

10296 posts since 12/2/2007

Randy, I'm no expert, but from what I read these things were used to launch smaller darts and arrows as well as spears. And by no means all had the stone weight.

Edited by - DougD on 09/07/2021 19:30:07

Sep 8, 2021 - 4:52:06 AM
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12398 posts since 9/23/2009

Maybe that fiddler had to defend himself when the square dances went rowdy.

Sep 8, 2021 - 7:34:18 AM
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You’re right Doug, I was short sidedly thinking of North American use of taking down deer, elk, bear, and wooly buffalos. In those cases, I think I would want a hefty stick with a rock; I would also want about ten of my best buddies there with me and their atlatls.

Sep 9, 2021 - 9:07:01 AM
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Additional pics per request :)




Edited by - Johnny_Mariachi on 09/09/2021 09:08:16

Sep 9, 2021 - 6:22:13 PM
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ChrisN

USA

2 posts since 2/29/2020

He must have been a cook. It is for pulling out and pushing in hot oven racks.........I think.
That's my wag.

Sep 10, 2021 - 6:28:12 PM

747 posts since 8/10/2017

I don't think this helps. Visually similar images:
google.com/search?hl=en&tbs=si...6&bih=619

Sep 10, 2021 - 7:25:30 PM

Old Scratch

Canada

818 posts since 6/22/2016

You might just have to wait till the Antiques Roadshow comes to town ......

Sep 11, 2021 - 10:23:11 AM

3127 posts since 6/21/2007

Oh, come on, people, everybody should recognize that thing-a-ma-jig!

(a bit of curmudgeonly humor, there)

Sep 11, 2021 - 11:25:23 PM

4 posts since 8/26/2021

quote:
Originally posted by ChrisN

He must have been a cook. It is for pulling out and pushing in hot oven racks.........I think.
That's my wag.


I agree with you.

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