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The pictured item is 8 3/4 inches high x 16 1/2 inches long.

Photo: Hess Auction Group

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#26 Whatsitbarbarasenter1 2019-03-11 21:37
Is it a soap mold for lye soap?
#25 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!skatyeight 2019-03-09 14:43
It looks like a wooden puzzle to me. People that commented that it was a mouse trap??? Those pieces of wood certainly wouldn't knock a mouse unconscious .
#24 Answer from Kovelskovels.com 2019-03-08 09:16
Kovels.com It’s a primitive 19th century wooden mouse trap with blocks that hit the mouse on its head.
#23 Mouse TrapShoppingbaggs 2019-03-08 07:05
Blocks are raised by the strings. Bait is put in the compartment on the bottom. When the mouse enters through the slot on the base and takes the bait the trap is triggered and the block drops on them.
#22 Mouse TrapShoppingbaggs 2019-03-08 07:01
People have been trying to create a better mouse trap for centuries. This is an attempt from (I'm guessing) 1890's - 1900's.
#21 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!7methusala7 2019-03-07 22:10
#20 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!7methusala7 2019-03-07 22:09
#19 Wednesday what’s itVtLady 2019-03-07 18:03
It’s a press of some kind. You use the strings to to pull up the block, put something in the box then release the top and press down and some kind of liquid would run out of the slots on the bottom. Probably for making blocks of butter?
#18 RE: Happy #whatsitwednesd ay!jvdl 2019-03-07 17:57
Haven't he slightest ides, oil light would set the wood on fire, fruit press would stain the wood ,a child's toy or game maybe.
#17 What’s it!SherlockManning 2019-03-07 16:34
I think it’s a brick maker.

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