This is an accessory item I just bought at the Petitt Jean Swap meet. I took a chance on it being a T item. I think it clamps to a running board, and is used to transport cream cans to market,(or a goat) The main casting is 15-3/8 inches long. There are three slots in each bracket That I think wooden slats or leather straps went into to hold the items being transported. The bottom area that would clamp to a running board fits the shape of the edge of a running board very well. Any help or ideas would be appreciated ....
Donnie it is a running board carrier of sorts, if anyone needs some more I have several here firstname.lastname@example.org
John, do you know what type of slats or straps it uses .. Thanks ...
Yes, wooden slats go in the slots, and it clamps to the running board.
Big heavy beefy things, some stout slats and you could hold all you want to carry on the running board and then some. They look about like the front axle adjuster tools.
They appear to be the support arms for a front or back mounted
luggage rack, invented by Melvin L. Cleland and assigned to
G. A. Roth Mfg. Co., (although they may be for the running boards).
The parts you have would appear extend out from the bumper
to hold the cross slats.
There is no mention of the ‘Dairy’ use in the patents, but it was
likely based on the style covered by his patent number 1779662.
Interesting set Donnie.
I'd say that straps would have originally come with the irons.
Here's a group of horizontal clamp on running board holders I've accumulated that used straps to hold stuff on the running board. These can be extended out from the running board to hold over sized bedding gear,tents,etc.
I remember seeing an ad for those somewhere. I believe they were made to strap milk cans to the running board. Roth Dairy is cast on them, also.
Thanks for the input from everyone. Jay I agree on the straps as the most likely version. It would be nice to find an ad for them that shows them in use. It may have been made to use straps or slats. Thanks again ....
I believe Tim is right. They seem much heavier than most luggage racks. I can see these mounted on the running board and the straps going around the milk can to hold it in place.
I have a carrier that is commercially made to haul milk cans, the only problem is, when it is mounted on the drivers side of my TT, you have to pretend you are driving a Touring and climb in the passenger side!!!
I would venture to say they were for holding a milk can being as stout as they are. There were plenty of all purpose accordion gates around in the day to hold random luggage.
Here's a different type of milk can holder from our collection.
Donnie none of mine have the straps, I figured they were leather? But I don't know for sure
Jay have you ever considered opening up a Model T Accessory Museum? I bet you could not only make up the cost of opening the place but even make a little $ in a year or two. (plus your wife might be excited to get some of it out of the house! lol) I for one know that I would definitely pay $15 for a ticket to get to walk through and inspect all of the sweet, sweet accessories you have. You could even work with local middle schools and high schools to come visit.
Shoot, I'd pay $25 for a guided tour from Accessory Master himself.
Jay, when you start selling tickets, Ill take 2, one for me and one for the wife. I can show her someone who has more accessories than I do... If I can find an ad for these showing the straps, Im going to have a set made. I have a local tack and saddle shop by my house. He should be able to do them. He may even have some good "aged leather"
I just thought of something... (dangerous) Take these brackets, a cream can full of cream, strapped to a T and drive to the store and back on a country road. Instant Butter churn .....
Seth, Donnie, Thanks for your kind words. I have had lots of different T people stop by and check out the collection over the years at no charge. It would be nice to be able to display it all in one building unfortunately most of it's boxed up or spread between several places here.
Here's a thread from 2009 of a few of the display cases of accessories in the collection we have spread around the house.