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Old 11-11-19, 09:38 AM
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ID this carrier?

Spotted on a derelict bike. Thought it might be a bottle carrier of some type, but it just didnít seem to suit that use.
While I have since determined its actual purpose, I am wondering what others might think it was the design intent.


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Old 11-11-19, 10:02 AM
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Never seen something like it. Can the ends lock together if the bottle is more vintage?

Did you pick this up as a project?
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Old 11-11-19, 10:08 AM
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If it has a spring on the clamps it is probably still a bottle/canteen/flask carrier.
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Old 11-11-19, 10:10 AM
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Nope, ends don’t lock together. And the one in the photo stayed on the bike but I found another for sale which I will add to a bike at some point.
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Old 11-11-19, 10:11 AM
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I saw a spring on one side after I posted so nonspring side down, the spring side on top? Makes since. How strong is the spring now?
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Old 11-11-19, 10:16 AM
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There are springs on both sides, with a light clamping force. And it is NOT a bottle or flask holder.
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Old 11-11-19, 10:33 AM
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Flashlight holder?
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Old 11-11-19, 10:42 AM
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Flashlight holder?
Not that either
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Old 11-11-19, 10:50 AM
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A baguette would fit nicely, or even a flute or campagnard...
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I know there are cell-phone mounts now... maybe to hold a telegraph key and wire in case you break down and need to tap into a line?
Second guess is to hold a spare inner tube.
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I think it's to hold a whale-oil lantern.
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Originally Posted by Bianchi84 View Post
I know there are cell-phone mounts now... maybe to hold a telegraph key and wire in case you break down and need to tap into a line?
Second guess is to hold a spare inner tube.
Yours is the closest guess yet.
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Doctors bag holder?
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Originally Posted by MiloFrance View Post
A baguette would fit nicely, or even a flute or campagnard...
A baguette? Mais non! Any baguette fresh enough to be worth eating would be crushed by such a device.
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Newspaper - or tubular tire holder?

I just saw something similar recently, too - might have been here, or Ebay. But I can't remember!

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We have a winner! It is a Portagiornale, aka a carrier for a newspaper. The one I got may end up on the errand bike as a newspaper holder as it is intended, but it would make an interesting spare tire hold.

Thanks for for all of the guesses.
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I was really hoping it was, in fact, the whale oil lantern holder.
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I am sure that if you find a whale oil lantern, it will fit in this holder without any problems. Now finding the whale oil......
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I am sure that if you find a whale oil lantern, it will fit in this holder without any problems. Now finding the whale oil......
In this day and age there is probably a 100% eco-friendly, renewable, synthetic whale oil substitute available Thanks for sharing the carrier, it's neat, haven't seen one of those before.
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I remember these from when I was a kid, many many years ago. They used them to carry papers - bills, errands lists, small clipboards, etc., not only newspapers.
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Baguette clamp!
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