This Mystery Item appeared in the Sept. 15 edition of Antique Trader magazine. It was purchased in a box lot of stove parts. Here’s one idea as to what it might be. Send your mystery item to Antique Trader staff for an upcoming issue. – Editor
My dad, Wes Brede, asked me to send you an e-mail. He believes the mystery item is part of a cistern pump. He told me the pump was secured to the top of a pipe using the set screw under the handle and a rod attached to the round portion.
Dad said he could remember when most kitchen counters included a cistern pump. He also went on to explain how it worked. I could try to relay that information to you, but my limited knowledge of drawing water consists of turning a knob.
Rick Brede, via e-mail