Almost an 'antique'

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by ruthiexxxx, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. ruthiexxxx

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    I picked this up the other day from a fleamarket here in rural Spain where they are still known as 'tirachinas' (literally "throws stones")

    The old guy I got it from obviously considered it a bit 'naughty' and said that the goat herds carried them (whilst keeping a wary eye out for the Guardia Civil !)

    It is banded with ancient inner tube rubber. From the excessive length of this and the totally impractical length of the forks I think they must have been used as a cross between a modern slingshot and an ancient sling, relying to a large extent on centrifugal force.

    Very difficult to estimate age but I would be inclined to put it around 1950s/1960s.
     

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  2. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Wow, really cool! I was wondering about those really long forks - it seems totally impractical for use as a regular slingshot. I'd love to know how this really was used. I wonder if there might be someone out there that is familiar with this style of sling and how it would have been used. Neat find Ruthie.
     

  3. Wren

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    How things have changed, lol.
     
  4. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    Those awesome antique floor tiles again..

    Those are really precious! (to my eyes)

    Greetings to Andalucia!

    Be
     
  5. ruthiexxxx

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    This will probably make you weep but a few years back some friends who were into architectural salvage picked up a LORRY LOAD of tiles like this from Motril town dump...for nothing!

    The other ones I just took a photo of for you are from the pantry, library, my workshop and two of the bedrooms
     
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