Another history mystery! The object shown below is mounted on a cellar stairway in a northern New York farmhouse built in the 1830s, although the object may have been added later.
It’s made of metal and wood. Some readers may have had something like this in their own home growing up, or still do!
Bonus question: Who was the manufacturer? The text is hard to make out:
If you are new to EasyGenie history mysteries, you can check out #6 from earlier this year, "History Mystery #6: Mysterious Viking artifact stumps the experts" on our blog.