Does Anyone Remember What This is?
A DOOR STOP?
Well, yes that is it's purpose at the moment in my house.
While it serves the purpose of an unusual DOOR STOP
in my house it was not intended or used for that purpose
It once held KEROSENE the fuel used for a KEROSENE STOVE
The stoves I remember from the 1940s had this container [of kerosene] at the end of the stove and turned upside down. The needle like extension from the top moves in and out like a spring and controls the release of the fuel.
The cost of this treasure?
Nothing when found along Quicksand Creek in southeast Texas on our farm during our Texas years. But it really is necessary to have a husband who recognizes a find and knows he should bring it home.
His wife would not have been thrilled to just hear about it -
Not a good story at all.