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It really doesn’t have the ability to lift anything heavy.  I was thinking of a battery carrier.  Thought of some sort of measuring device because of the small wheels.  Floor duster?

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Small hook on top near handle that might control the spring mechanism.  Bob - you may be onto something.  But don’t concentrate on the fact that it was in a cemetery basement, as the previous caretaker collected antiques as well.

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17 minutes ago, 1937hd45 said:

Probable held a bag for a carpet sweeper, was there a crematorium  down in the basement? 

 

Bob 

I tend to agree on the carpet sweeper concept. Maybe there was once wood attached.

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Its pure blithering speculation on my part, but the limited distance that the spring mechanism allows for makes me wonder if part of it wasn't meant to hold something taut -- perhaps like fabric, or a bag of some sort. There's an antique tool site, if I recall right. Those guys are master speculators.

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Cemeteries have basements??!!  :o

 

Anyway, I'd guess carpet sweeper/dust pan.  This one is a little fancier than most, with wheels and spring-loaded lid.  I'd guess it once had fabric or tin over the wire frame to hold the sweepings.  Here's a similar but less complex example.  I've seen them as advertising novelties with the name of a business on them, including funeral homes - may be the cemetery connection:

 

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Maybe you can adapt it to a car 😉:

 

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That is an old dust mop. Have seen similar ones before. There is a cloth part that goes on the metal frame, it has a chenille cover. You sprinkle it with mop oil and run it over your tile floor or  hardwood floor to keep it clean. Here is the modern version.

 

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4 hours ago, Hudsy Wudsy said:

Its pure blithering speculation on my part, but the limited distance that the spring mechanism allows for makes me wonder if part of it wasn't meant to hold something taut -- perhaps like fabric, or a bag of some sort. There's an antique tool site, if I recall right. Those guys are master speculators.

 

 

 

Maybe it held a sign or banner outside  Funeral In Progress or  something like that . STILL want to know what type of Cemetery has a basement, that is a new on e on me. POST A PHOTO to educate us AJFord54.

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8 minutes ago, 1937hd45 said:

 

 

 

Maybe it held a sign or banner outside  Funeral In Progress or  something like that . STILL want to know what type of Cemetery has a basement, that is a new on e on me. POST A PHOTO to educate us AJFord54.

It is the basement of the office of the cemetery where they stored documents, old flower pots, brass items, etc. 

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