American: Mid 20th Century
Iron spike and painted tin box
38 inches high, overall; 6 x 4 x 4 inches, box
Down indicator for football games. After each play, the stake (spike) would be stuck in the ground at the down line, with the painted tin box rotated so that the number 1, 2, 3, or 4 faced the stands, depending on whether it was the first, second, third, or fourth down. Probably used for varsity team play.
Condition: Generally good, the box with wear to paint and oxidation to metal. Stake oxidized and slightly bent out of alignment.