|Ruby considers tour costs and decides to |
sell replicas of the "Manometer"
This mamometer was orginally part of an apparatus that measured the weight of pirate cargo according to the O'Feagles that took possession of it during a raid that backfired in 1871. Ruby first discovered the meter during the summer of 2006 on a trip to Spokane, WA to see some geocaching friends.
In a corner of the airport women's restroom she saw a trunk obviously left by someone, who tried to empty their luggage during a security check or determined there would be additional payment for the extra trunk. It is the opinion of the Midtown Ladies Acquisition and Carbon Dating Guild that no matter how the trunk got left, its contents worth was unknown to the carrier, a descendant of the O'Feagles.
The center piece is solid tarnished gold. The wheel is made from painted press board ( a rarity in 1871). and the meter is not common. Common meters do something. This meter is for show. "There is no telling," said a chorus of the Ladies Guild, "how much this thing is worth?" One of the ladies, who later spoke briefly with a hawker from the PBS series,The Antiques Roadshow, wanted to see the Manometer up close. At first he mistakenly thought the meter was built for men, or measured a man in some way, but the Ladies assured him the manometer weighed cargo. How the story got to be a pirate story is anyone's guess.
Not much else is known about the meter. When Ruby arrived in Spokane after a 5 hours flight and long bouts of turbulence, she visited another airport bathroom. This time she looked in the corners intentionally. She found nothing, with the exception of a pack of already been chewed gum. Not thinking she stuck it on the stall door and wrote a note with lipstick across the mirror. This is not in keeping with Ruby's persona, but she was tired of airports, homeland security, air bumps, barf bags, rude ticket agents and cab drivers who knew nothing about her, or where she was headed. Not in the short term. Ruby is more concerned with the long term.
Now that Ruby has given up geocaching - it is now considered a dangerous and felonious sport and taken up waymarking instead - she is not yet ready to part with the manometer. She will sell anyone who needs a manomenter a replica for a reasonable sum.
This is one is already authenticated and carbon dated by the Midtown Ladies Carbon Dating Consortium on this day of August 3, 2010. Now go try to weigh green gold with it or climb on it and try to weigh yourself. Be very careful. A bit of gum residue could not be removed from the spokes.
Ruby O'Degee Glenfadden
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