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October 3, 2004
I have an artifact which I believe to be truly unique and which is probably worth hundreds of dollars on E-bay. It is a little plastic box with a handle attached to a little round cage inside. It looks like a hamster exercise wheel. In gold letters the front proclaims "Mary Gin."
Fairly common I the 60's it's purpose is to separate the dry leaves from the seeds and stems. You fill the tumbler with raw material, close it up, and turn the wheel. The leaves crumble and fall into the bottom. The seeds and stems stay inside the wheel.