Help identifying a folding handle

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by George Blake, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. George Blake

    George Blake Member

    Hi guys,

    I've had this in my collection for a while but still haven't been able to identify what it came off. Every visit to a museum involves scouring every Pak/Flak gun, generator, motorcycle etc. but still no luck.

    I'm leaning towards German based on the colour and the quality of the engineering although it lacks the plethora of stamps usually associated with German equipment. The cylindrical handle spins independently of the rest of the shaft and the folding mechanism still works perfectly. I've also been trying to figure out why it folds, is it removable and needs to be packed? Does it come from a compact, portable machine? Is it just over engineered?

    Any thoughts would be most welcome, thank you for your time.


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  2. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    A starting handle possibly? Might only be needed in emergencies otherwise packed away in the toolkit or with the Jack.
     
  3. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Motor cycle pillion passenger foot rest?

    Tim
     
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  4. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't need to revolve but a crank handle would
     
  5. George Blake

    George Blake Member

    A starting handle had crossed my mind, the 'handle' end is very similar to that on my King Tiger starting handle both in shape and operation, although most starters I have seen are inserted into the engine as opposed to fitting over a pin. That being said, with Germany using so many different vehicles of different nationalities, it wouldn't surprise me if it was a starting handle.
     
  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    I go with Tim a footrest
     
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  7. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Detachable foot rests? Really?
     
  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Really Bob really
    foot rest/stand
     
  9. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    If a stand you'd have to prop the bike up to fit it - somewhat misses the point. If a foot rest folds no need to be able to attach/detach it

    "Would you like a lift?"
    "Yes"
    "Just hold the bike whilst I find the foot rests and fit them"
     
  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    perhaps it is used on multiple bikes
    a universal fitting
     
  11. George Blake

    George Blake Member

    Thanks for the replies so far. One thing that makes me dubious of the bike theory is that the handle unfolds with minimal shaking. Seems as if it would just unfold when driving along thus defeating the point of having it fold in the first place. Also to fold it, you need to pull the joint apart laterally, then fold the handle down, not something you could do with a foot.
     
  12. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Who, except you, said they were designed to be detachable? All parts are detachable.
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    OMG someone's detached the bike! Anyway my original post was just a suggestion rather than stating the obvious that it looked like a starting handle which the O/P had already considered. That's why I put a ?

    Tim
     
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  13. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    How about a bike kick starter pedal? They fold like that, at least some of the ones I had did.
     
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  14. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    "It's a ticklish sort of job making a thing for a thing-ummy-bob
    Especially when you don't know what it's for
    But it's the girl that makes the thing that drills the hole
    that holds the spring that works the thing-ummy-bob
    that makes the engines roar. And it's the girl that makes the thing that holds the oil
    that oils the ring that works the thing-ummy-bob
    that's going to win the war.
     
  15. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    And why would one be detachable? All the one's on my bikes were fitted and I'm pretty sure that they didn't rotate
     
  16. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    in the event of a breakage?
     
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  17. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Maintenance, repair, replacement - simples

    TD
     
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  18. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    I would guess the small hole in the boss is for pinning it to a shaft.
     
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