Here is an interesting device made by Richards Wilcox (whom we've covered before, here). Although they made tools, they specialized in garage doors and mechanisms. A reader found a stack of these things and wondered what they do. The view above certainly looks like door hardware, and the rounded housing holds a spring-operated tape as shown in the last image. My guess is some sort of door closer? Thoughts and guesses welcomed!
My guess would go to a side mortise sash balance (!)
Agreed. These are an old “high tech” replacement for traditional rope and sash weight systems for windows.
That's exactly what they are. Mr. G, the WCR could probably use a couple or six of these for a restoration project, if he's willing to part with them.
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