Thursday, October 9, 2008

Set 253

1429. 4" long:

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From Mike Jenkins' collection

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1430. 26" tall x 15" diameter, a hollowed log, open on both ends with a two piece lid that can be locked in place with a wedge, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses and a chance to win a t-shirt.

There are two small notches at the bottom:

1431. An unidentified piece of hardware that was found on a cattle ranch in Idaho, the cylinder is 1-1/2" long x 1" diameter, spring returned to this position:

1432. 5" long, the idea here is to determine who would use this device:

1433. Submitted by a visitor:

1434. About 12" long:


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  1. 1433, i think, i'm not sure but it might be, a sharpie? there's something in the way so i'm not sure

  2. 1428
    A device for measuring rotational speed, but of what specific kind I have no clue. Its a portable speedometer?

    It is a bee gum, i.e, home-made bee hive.

    Locking beer tap for a keg?

    Magic lantern; old "slide" projector.

  3. 1428: Speed? or Distance.
    1432: The only thing that doesn't fit well with the keg tap theory is the hook on the front for hanging buckets from. But it almost looks like it might be ridged rather than threaded (not cut in a spiral) which would seem to indicate that it's hammered into wood.
    1434: I don't think it's a magic lantern. The "lens" appears flat and there doesn't seem to be a place to put slides. It seems to be two sided, I wonder whether it's a removable carriage light, or maybe a warning light for railroad workers.

  4. 1432 - I have a 1907 hardware catalog that shows this as a "Liquor Cock".

  5. 1433 looks like a shift fork for a small watchmaker's lathe.

  6. 1428 -- device for measuring the length of something that runs under the wheel -- fabric, paper perhaps as it comes off of or onto a spool