I had found this a while ago and at first thought it was for a cabinet.
After a little bit of research I found that it is made from butterscotch bakelite and was used in the 1950s.If you guessed that it is a knob, you are correct, but do you know the different names for it and what it was used for?
(I will post more information on it later, in the meantime...lets see what you know)
|Vintage Spinner or suicide knob. also known as a brody or necker knob.|
I always heard it referred as a spinner or suicide knob, but it was also called
a brody or necker knob. ( it pretty much got that name because it freed up the use of one arm to put around the passenger)
These were widely popular in the 1950s and were used to make turning the steering wheels of cars faster and easier (before the days of power steering)
Today they also see extensive use on forklift trucks used in warehouses and even riding lawnmowers. The knob is also standard equipment in most modern farm and commercial tractors.
They are now outlawed in many states.
This site has some good examples so you can see a lot of the different styles