I've seen fists like this on old red mailboxes, but this definitely doesn't look like a mailbox.
It isn't Jayne, but I had forgotten about the mailboxes. They did have something similar.
Ok I give up I have never seen anything like this before in my long life.Merle..........
Merle, while it was the first time I had come across such a thing, I expect they might be found in Sydney too.
If a shape seems strange and not useful, always guess a paper weight.
Nice try Hels, but it is on a vertical surface.
I have seen that handle style on 19thC safes, but that wall does not look like a safe.I can't wait until Victor gets here and says something funny though ...
Ann, what Victor says publicly here and privately thinks might be two different things. I know one person on my blog list who I think would know, The Resident Judge of Port Phillip.
Never seen anything like this. Possibly a sign outside a newsagent showing a hand grabbing a paper or maybe something to hang your handbag on when using the toilet? The possibilities are endless!
Fun60, I expect handbags would have been hung on it at times, but that is not its purpose. I'd reckon you would have seen them in England and not really noticed them.
I've seen the mailbox ones too - is this the same size??That's a 'clever' way of saying I don't have a clue ...
It is very small Red, and only good for a finger pull.
As I scrolled down the comments my instinct was to say "safe handle" but a) Ann beat me to it and b) your reply was not encouraging.Aha, says I, "a finger pull"? Having cunningly waited for suggestions and refutations with clues embedded, I am none the wiser. Leaving aside my first reaction to the expression "finger pull" [and the two which quickly followed] perhaps this is a pulling rather than turning device. If not a faucet, then not a cistern? Nothing alimentary about it, deduces I.Hmmm --- air inlet on a flue?
Nicely couched in many words FC but somehow you knew what is was. You are too clever for your own good.It is a Tobin ventilation system. You pull out the handle in the corner of the room to open the ventilation tube.
NQR - I thought it was a flue on some kind of wood burning device. And I cheated. But aw, shucks.The idea of Tobin Bros using a ventilation system is another whole heap of words but I'll quit while I'm behind.
I thought it was cheat proof FC. Hehe Tobin Brothers. I made a good funny yesterday.
To open the door !
No Gattina. See above.
That FC, she's pretty cluey n'est pas! et brilliant with words also..
Grace, she is indeed.
My apologies to Ann O'Dyne for falling so far behind in my blog reading that I failed to join in this commentary. I aim to do better (as many of my teachers used to insist).
It is a wonder that teachers never had an ink stamp made, can do better.