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Anyone Familiar With Cotton Gins?

JWitt

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Age
67
Last Subscription Date
01/20/2020
I picked these up at the flea market. The guy said that he had dug them up at site where a cotton gin had burned down.
The look like brackets for a roller or bearing. I just thought that they were cool looking with the stars across the top.
6” between mounting holes and about 2 3/4” tall.

Jim
 

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Andrew Mackey

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Last Subscription Date
05/14/2017
Re: Anyone familiar with cotton gins?

You have part of a roller bearing assembly for a foot treadle grindstone. you are missing the 2 roller wheels. They would have set in the 2 notches in the lower section in the center picture in your post. The grindstone I had was about 2 feet in diameter, 2" wide and was made of white fine sandstone The grinding wheel had a 3/4" axle with a bell crank on one end that went to a foot pedal. The axle rested on the 2 roller wheels (about 1" in diameret) that had a 5/16 axle on them (one piece cat iron). There was a bearing assembly on both sides of the grindstone. It was on a wooden frame, about 3' long that could be carried around by 2 men. A tin can with a pinhole in it supplied water to keep the stone clean and help cool the piece to be sharpened. My grindstone was made in the 1870s.
 
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