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Old Jul 29, 2010, 5:26 PM   #1
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Hello all,
I stumbled about this here - and to me it looks like a lock of some kind. In the vertical slot you could put the key and the metal "wings" are maybe lil' helpers to make it easier to turn the lock so the key won't brake or get damaged.

At first I thought it was a winged screw, though.

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Old Jul 29, 2010, 7:29 PM   #2
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I am curious about the context of this object. Is that an iron gate? If so, it might be just a handle for unlatching it.

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I am curious about the context of this object. Is that an iron gate? If so, it might be just a handle for unlatching it.

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Hm,
I'll try to get a wider view of that later.

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Obviously winged nuts are common but winged screws?
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So it's "nut" in english too. Ah. Yes, I mean the nut, of course.

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Old Aug 1, 2010, 3:07 AM   #6
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Ok,
here are some more shots. These are not really for the challenge, so please be gentle when I post more than 3 images here.

I am not really sure what it is - it sits alone there, more some kind of decoration than serving a real purpose at the moment. My first impression was a (public) letterbox - but then... it's a bit small for that, right? Maybe the "personal" letter box for that house/restaurant?

What do you think?

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Thnkn, it looks like a really old public mailbox to me (I remember seeing similar ones in Adelaide as a child) but I'd assume that if it's still in use it may belong, as you say, to the building behind. I'd say you're right in that the centre is the keyhole, but I'd think the 'wings' are used to open the door instead of having a handle. That's my guess .. have you been able to find out yet?

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Since everyone seems to be very sure about the "nut" part and I seem to be the only one to be confused...

#1 - yes, there are winged screws and they are common:
http://www.google.de/images?q=fl%C3%...=isch%3A1&sa=2

#2 - in german the two parts can be called "screw and nut" or (word-by-word translation) "screw and mother". The nut in german is mostly used if one side of the metal piece is closed where the "mother" is open and you can see through. Also these --> http://www.google.de/images?q=nu%C3%...=isch%3A1&sa=2) are called nuts which adds to the confusion.

So it's not very easy to find the right words at times (at least not for me) and sorry for the confusion I may have caused.

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Well, whatever it is, your pic is definitely and example of 'wings'!
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