I have been traveling to the Detroit area a lot for work the last several weeks. I decided to take a day off from work, and extend my trip and visit my daughter in Indiana. Uncle Tractor got to visit his daughter, son-in-law, and their precious daughter. I am very pleased with them. They love their daughter so much, and she is such a good two year old. They are truly blessed. I am very proud of them all.
My daughter has been talking about one antique store that she had to take me to see. After a morning of antiquing wit everyone, we got some special father-daughter time and went there for a visit.
The store is a place called Packrat Pat's. It is not for the faint of heart. It is jam-packed with all sorts of treasures - all at decent prices. The aisles are narrow, and the shelves are very full, but it is a great treasure hunt.
I came across a unique crock. It was churn-shaped, but is not butter crock. It had a fitted lid, handles, and interesting fish designs on it. I sent a photo via my cell phone to the wife. She too liked it, so we sprung for it (only $60).
While perusing the bins, we came across of bin of porcelain odd-and-ends. Most of the bins held electrical isolators, but there was a multi-piece assembly that had us stumped. It had a patent number on it, U.S. Patent Number 2,376,410. It was marked with a '???' description on the tag.
I like a good challenge. I had to figure it out. Though we did not buy it, I had the patent number (not much of a challenge really...).
The item could be disassembled. Each of the rings could be removed. Did you figure it out yet?
Okay, here's the spoiler:
It is a coffee filter! This item was patented in 1945. It would be placed in a drip coffee machine. The grounds and water would be above. This assembly would be placed in a cylindrical slot below the brew. The water / ground mixture would drip down through the rings, but they would hold the grounds back. The filtered coffee would then collect in the bottom pitcher. It was an interesting design (as it would be a reusable filter). It never caught on.
You never know what you will find - particularly when you go into a good antique shop.