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'M' or 'W'-shaped brackets on a windlass - or are they?

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pwhole:
The objects I mentioned in the photo thread - two more examples here, one from the same mine, and also one from Son of Longcliffe. Each 'leg' has a spike on it, to be hammered into the wood. I think they are similar objects to ones used in the Agricola illustrations of rag-and-chain pumps, as in here:

https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-rag-and-chain-pump-being-used-to-raise-water-from-a-mine-from-de-re-57288034.html

Anyone have any other ideas?

ChrisJC:
I can't think of a better suggestion.

Is there any other evidence of a rag and chain pump nearby?, or a location where using one would make sense?

Chris.

Tomferry:
I shall have to give this a think later on I shall have a flick in my large mining sketch book has many diagrams.  It seems a good match , as Chris has already said if you can link it to a shaft your 99% their then

Cantclimbtom:
Hanging baskets?

wormster:
It would depend on the age of the mine: pre electrification, or, post electrification. If pre then possibly a rag pump or cable/pipe hangars if post modern

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