Thursday, November 5, 2009

Set 309

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1765. 7-1/2" long:

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1766. 11" long x 6" wide, submitted by a visitor who is looking to identify this piece of hardware:

1767. The bottle on the left is 15" tall, circa 1935:

1768. 7" long, from the 1800s, the idea here is to figure out how this device was used:

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1769. 16" long, patented in the 1890s, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this one:

1770. 15" long, the purpose of the hole in this tool is a clue for who would have used it:


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  1. 1765 Meat tenderizer?
    1768 Lightbox casts image of our solar system on schoolroom ceiling, and it revolves as crank is turned.

  2. Second one looks like a tool for a painter. The bottom, flat part would be used to open the can. The hole would hold a paint brush as the "top" end hangs over the edge of the can. The sharp point could be used to separate the bristles (OK, I'm reaching at that last part).

  3. 1765 Pastry docker.

  4. 1769 Indian club with kettlebell style handle.

  5. Isn't 1766 a miner's candle holder, with the spike that stuck into the wall of the mine?