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Hello,

   As is usually the case, I ended up with a couple antiques after last weekend's yard sales but I have (5 of the same) thing that I cannot figure out. I will describe them the best I can...

Metal, hinged in 2 spots, the part with the gripper teeth looking points swings open and closed as does the part with the "V" piece on it.

Stamped into it: (possibly) AI.JAN.10.05

Closed dimensions:

Length - 9.5"

Width - 2.85"

Height - .5 to 1"

The pictures I hope will tell the rest of the story.

Thanks much,

Sean

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I truly don't know what the heck you've got there, but what state are you in? and you say it was a garage sale, Did the people you bought from know anything about them?

I was just thinking about an auction I went to a long time ago, they had similar items, and all were from antique automobiles. Maybe they are detachable? For a step-up, into an auto or one of the really old "horseless carriage" type vehicles?

I almost added what state. They were from Bath, Maine and the older woman said they were in her Grandmother's attic...

Just a guess! There is a bicycle called an "omnium" that has a small front wheel with a platform over it for carrying packages. A lot of newspaper boys used them to deliver papers. Circa 1930s-60s.

Your pieces look like they could have been used to modify a standard bike to make an omnium. The large round hole could fit around your bike's front and the V-shaped would fit over the hub of the front wheel to support the pkg carrier. Too short you might say, but it looks like it has rusted and both spokes broken off.

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