Found this at goodwill and have no idea what it is or if it's worth anything. Can anyone shed any light?
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May 22, 2012, 11:16 AM
Just a guess? To my eyes it may resemble a portable seated drawing support. One may sit facing the grooved area and rest a canvas, board or other rigid surface with paper, to sit/squat and draw. Could also be a wood working support of some kind?
May 22, 2012, 04:56 PM
I tried sitting in it facing the serrated wood part and it is very comfortable -- so I think you're right. I'm thinking this is a seated scrubbing board for washing clothes? Doesn't the serrated part look like the surface of a scrubbing board?
May 22, 2012, 07:43 PM
I can understand why you would guess that, but a wooden scrub board surface is not normally the case. And you would be sitting in the run off water. The grooves have another purpose, I believe. Perhaps measured distance related to creating something? Hopefully it will trigger someone's recollection.
May 24, 2012, 11:12 AM
My guess is it is boot/show related - either to help you remove your boots or to clean them off.
May 25, 2012, 11:06 AM
No woman would sit on that to scrub clothes. They'd be soaking wet.
It is familiar. I've seen something similar somewhere. Maybe something will come to me at 3 a.m. tomorrow. If so, I'll give you a call.
Don't think it is for either drawing or scrub board (really a woman in a skirt would straddle that?)
Hope you let us know. Maybe Terry Koval could identify it?
May 27, 2012, 04:16 PM
Wonder if it could be a portable device to stack things on and measure the height? Or create multiples of something and cut them all the same length with the grooves as measurement?
Jun 07, 2012, 02:56 PM
My first thought was a boot jack also, but then realized that there is no cut out part to put the heel of your boot in to pull it off. My father had a boot jack that he used all of the time. I wonder what happened to it.
Jun 08, 2012, 09:17 AM
This is actually LARGER than one would think (way too big for a typical boot jack, unless you were Paul Bunyan). If you look at the pictures in comparison to the doorways and throw rug stripes. The longest board is probably 4-5 feet or so???
Jun 09, 2012, 05:17 PM
I think it has something to do with weaving and/or textiles.