Thursday, June 11, 2009

Set 288

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1639. Approximately 11" long:

1640. Around 12" long:

1641. 17" long:

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1642. 1-7/8" long, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this one, and a chance to win a Camaro Wireless Mouse.

1643. Submitted by a visitor who is looking to find the exact purpose for this device:

It's about 26" long, the bronze part is either cast or brazed to a piece of heavy walled 3/4" pipe. Inside the handle is an old style micro switch and it appears that the wires would have been fed down through the pipe.

1644. Another unidentified item sent in by a visitor:

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  1. 1641 Radar gun.
    1642 Bottle opener.

  2. 1640 - used by a carpenter for transferring angles, sort of like a protractor, but unmarked

    1641 - radar gun

    1642 - bottle opener

    1643 - holder for a thermocouple to be inserted into a furnace

    1644 - looks like it might be a still

  3. 1639 - Metal Detector
    1642- Moist smokeless tobacco can opener
    1644- Still

  4. 1639 looks like one of the new gizmos nurses use to help find veins in difficult patients.

  5. 1643. Without any markings, I can only say that it is a lever to engage or disengage a heavy duty motor. I have seen this type of lever start and stop amusement rides, but because of its length, I can only guess that it was used on a bulldozer or crane.

    - Edward