Thursday, November 19, 2009

Set 311

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1777. Approximately 28" long:

1778. Sent in by a visitor who found this unidentified piece of hardware at an estate sale, his description of it:
-larger diameter is brass or bronze and the other piece is steel
-3.75" h x 2.5" w
-marked AIIRFI or possibly AHRFI
-about 5 lbs
-owner was retired from the railroad

1779. 5" long, the largest hole is 1/4" diameter:

1780. 9" long, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this one:

This was made to hold something in particular:

1781. About 60" long:

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1782. 4-3/4" long:


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  1. 1777 could be for holding a brand over a fire
    1782 is a circular pipe cutter

  2. 1782 is a tubing cutter & reamer

  3. 1777 Trivet used for hearth cooking with support for long handled pan.
    1779 Trimmer of some sort, wicks perhaps?
    1780 Holds matches?

  4. 1780 : nutcracker
    1782 : tube cutter

  5. 1780. Match Holder once called a Vesta.

    - Edward

  6. 1777: Pot trivet/handle fulcrum for handling a pot over a hearth.

    1779: Pencil sharpener (vertical motion, not rotary.)

    1780: Matchbox.

    1782: Tube cutter.