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8th Nov 2014, 19:35
Can anyone please identify this item.

I photographed it on the beach at Brancaster Staithe, North Norfolk.

I think it is some sort of Riddle/Sifter for the local "Cockle" catch.
With thanks.



8th Nov 2014, 19:46
some sort of Riddle/Sifter for the local "Cockle" catch.I would endorse that suggestion.

Simple means of removing sand from the shells (or maybe shells from the sand) - which would fall through the mesh.

8th Nov 2014, 20:06
There is a belt drive top right corner for rotating the drum, which I would guess is kept partly submerged to wash the cockles free of sand before they are brought ashore.

The different directions of the grid both allow sand out, and immature cockles.

8th Nov 2014, 20:42
Washing mussels at Brancaster Staithe (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ian-s/5552101319/in/set-72157632651852622)

Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ian-s/sets/72157632651852622/)

10th Nov 2014, 11:53
In the mining industry this would be called a Trommel. Used for classifying material by size (the drum has apertures which vary in size in stages along it's length).
Big bit just fall out the end.

10th Nov 2014, 13:17
It's for winkling out what they don't need..

hat,coat etc..

10th Nov 2014, 14:15
Trommel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trommel)