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    Re: Weird "anchor"
    From: Henry Halboth
    Date: 2006 Sep 8, 23:00 -0500

    It appears possibly to be a model of an old Admiraity pattern stockless
    anchor. The shackles on the shank appear to be at the balancing point,
    intending to lift the anchor horizontally when handled in the anchor
    davit; the crown shackles are a bit more difficult to explain, but may be
    intended to allow hanging off at the rail preparatory to letting go, or
    for connecting a second anchor pendant when baking up a moor with a
    second anchor - perhaps they are intended for a crown rope, but appear a
    little large for that purpose presuming the fittings are to scale. The
    anchor appears intended for stowage on deck or on a billboard, as opposed
    to hawse pipe stowage. One still sees this type anchor occasionally in
    hawse pipe stow, of course without the shackle array. Based on the array
    of shackle, it may also represent an old type salvage anchor, such as may
    have been in use before the development of the ells anchor now used.


    On Fri, 08 Sep 2006 20:03:28 -0700 Lu Abel <lunav@abelhome.net> writes:
    > Okay, it's a bit off-topic, but a librarian friend of mine sent the
    > photo and wondered if I could identify it.  It's clearly way too
    > small
    > to be any sort of functional anchor, and the shackles in the middle
    > and
    > bottom would seem to have little use in the real world (admittedly,
    > anchors sometimes have a shackle at the fluke end of the shank to
    > assist
    > in weighing a fouled anchor), so I can't imagine that it's even a
    > scale
    > model.  My best guess is that it might be part of a lamp or other
    > decorative item, where now missing parts attached at the shackles --
    > but
    > I'll bet this smart, world-wide crowd might have other ideas.
    > Lu Abel

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