Some type of antique rod - would like to know what this is

bboopmMarch 7, 2012

This is something that has been hanging around my house for quite some time - it was originally something my father owned, but I have no idea what it is. The rod is actually split the full length into 6 sections. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks

Here is a link that might be useful: picture of some type of antique rod?

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lindac

Looks like a walking stick to me....that has split from over use. I have...or had....may have tossed it....one just like it. Too much pavement pounding caused it to split.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 7:42PM
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chibimimi

Years ago, my college library had something like this for newspapers. Each newspaper section was slid over one section of the rod, then the rod was hung horizontally on a rack kind of like the racks that hold fabric bolts. Boy, that description is clear as mud! The rod kept the entire edition together and allowed readers to hold and read it easily. As I recall, there was something similar but smaller for magazines.

Is your rod the right length to hold a newspaper?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 9:09PM
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justlinda

You might want to check out these images.

Here is a link that might be useful: Newspaper roller/bar/?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 9:34PM
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calliope

It is an old newspaper holder for sure. You can tell by the photograph that the wood on the rod has been machined into sections, they're all identical and exactly the same length. We used similar rods in one of the libraries where I used to volunteer.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 2:19AM
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nyboy

Wow the knowledge of the people here is amazing!!

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 8:31AM
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bboopm

You guys are incredible! Thanks for identifying this so quickly. It is definitely a newspaper holder based on your feedback. I so do appreciate it. thanks

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 4:46PM
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