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What the heck is this contraption?! - Paraffin lamp burner

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What the heck is this contraption?! - Paraffin lamp burner

Post by Zyrbalax »

Hi all,

Had a couple of hours out yesterday (pasture field as usual), and came away with a lovely 1951 Half Crown and a 1770 (G3) Half Penny (I do like it when I can actually get the date from coins that old, most of the G3 coins I've found so far have been in a sorry state).

But there was also this, which has me completely stumped. It's certainly not old, made of copper/alloy. Perforated one side, screw thread, decorative "battlementy" bits on the side, what seems to be a press button... all I can think is maybe part of a coffee percolator?
Contraption 1 small.jpg
Contraption 2 small.jpg
Any ideas very welcome!

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