Antique French cast iron wheel from a canal lock with 7 handles. Similar design to a ship's wheel, but it would seem that all ship wheels have an even number of handles (6, 8 or 10), which rules this one out. Stamped Depose, which translates as 'registered' and has markings LD & RD (or something similar - difficult to make out), which we believe is the designer/manufacturer mark. A great decorative display piece - put some mirror glass behind, or hang it from the ceiling as a chandelier. Very heavy though!