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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 07-31-2011 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[07-0855]

Here is an interesting little piece. This locomotive is 8" long with either German or Austrian marks.

Can anyone guess its purpose?

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iconnumber posted 07-31-2011 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adelapt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm guessing it's a table top novelty alcoholic drink dispenser, for spirits or fortified wine.

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iconnumber posted 07-31-2011 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good guess, but not right.

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iconnumber posted 07-31-2011 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it a smoker's companion? for holding cigars and cigarettes and lighting them from a flame that comes up through the smokestack?

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 08-01-2011 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wild guesses are appreciated.

Here is mine:


    Ice cream cone holder?

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iconnumber posted 08-01-2011 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 2 cents worth.

Something to do with navigation.

BTW I love it, whatever it is!

Jersey

[This message has been edited by jersey (edited 08-01-2011).]

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Paul Lemieux

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there seem to be 12 circular holders around the train. perhaps to hold place pieces. would they be the right size & height to hold individual salt spoons? the two central dishes in the train could be salt cellars, while the other 2 vessels could hold something like oil and vinegar.

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2011 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whether or not for salt spoons, I would assume this a Nef of some sort.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 08-03-2011 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
chase33, You've got the answer. It is indeed for smoking.

The boiler cap comes off and inside is a wick. The two "cups" are for matches. The circular holders around the train are for cigarettes and above the rear wheels are circular match strikes. Also, there are the remains of blue glass in the smokestack. The glass probably extended beyond the top of the stack in the shape of a plume of smoke. The wheels turn and one could roll this down the table.

It was probably made in the mid 1800s but I still don't know if it's German or Austrian because I don't know who CD was. Anybody know?

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iconnumber posted 08-27-2011 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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posted 08-27-2011 08:54 AM

Whatzit?

I am not sure, but it could be Christoph Deimling from Karlsruhe (Germany).


But it looks more like a Hanau work.


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