Over past few weeks I have been assembling a collection of metal parts, wires and lenses. I'm thinking along the lines of some old fashioned Steampunk microscope. I could also rig a miniature light in the base. Maybe like a projecter.
A bargain at ten dollars. The garage sale operator, er, dude tried to tell me how to clean it up but I has already thinking of a dozen possibilities.
The patina is stunning.
I'm thinking 'Steampunk Particle Beam Accelerator'
(And the mini light could actually be a laser)
May have to get back to you on this one.