I had a pic of this on a previous post...
and thought it was part of a pencil sharpener.
I have been informed it is actually a
contractible clothesline holder.
I suppose it was screwed onto a building,
and the line was wound around on inside rod,
and handle used to wind it in or out.
It's even more cool now that I know what it is!
thanks ANON for the help. =)
blessings barbara jean