Paula the wife bought me this for part of my 50th Birthday. This is a component said to be from the road wheel machinery of a German King Tiger Tank. The part was found with other material on a scrap pile in Normandy area back in 1980. The previous owner had it cleaned and repainted to its former colour. Have to say I was very pleased with it and a few have suggested having it made into a small table. Cheers, Tim.