Thursday, April 22, 2010

Set 333

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1909. 6" long, this device was made to be used for a very specific purpose:

1910. This case was submitted by a visitor who is looking to find out what it's for, it's marked 'Made in England', 'Baron', and 'Patent Applied For':

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3-9/16" x 2-1/2" x 5/8":

1911. Approximately 8' tall:

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1912. 40" long:

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1913. 2-3/4" long":

1914. 36" long, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this one and a chance to win a T-shirt:


1909. This is a stylus pressure gauge, it was used when adjusting the tone arm weight on a phonograph record player, the gauge came packed with a Weathers FM monophonic phono cartridge.

1910. A container for tobacco that was used for loading a pipe, patent number 1,478,165:

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1911. Horse stocks, these were on a farm with two very large horses that were both unbroken and unpredictable, they would use the stocks when shoeing them. These stocks are probably also used in various veterinary procedures with the horses.

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1912. A fireplace crane, it held pots and griddles over a fire:

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1913. A fish hook sharpener:

1914. A grain auger that was used to move flour in an enclosed chute at a mill, as seen on this site.

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  1. 1913 A fish hook sharpener?

  2. 1909 Postal scale for weighing letters?

    1911 is a shoeing stock for working on horses feet.

    1912 looks like a fireplace crane for holding pots for cooking in the fireplace.

  3. 1909 Scale
    1910 Snuff dispenser
    1911 Horse mating apparatus
    1912 agree-Fireplace crane
    1913 agree-Fishhook honing stone

  4. 1909--Not a postal scale--how would you suspend a letter? Form of the hook suggests to me that this was meant to measure the resistance of some piece of mechanism. (Maybe in a piano or typewriter?)

    1911--I think anonymous is right here--could also be used to hold a horse or cow for veterinary operations, or even for shoeing oxen.

    1914--An archimedean screw. Obviously not for a liquid, but for grain or something else granular and fairly light. (It would have been enclosed in a tube; rotating the screw would move the material along.)

  5. 1914: Screw from the trough of a grist mill grain cleaner.

  6. Stocks (1911) are used for more than shoeing (for horses, in any case), though I know that's one of the traditional uses. They're also used for anything where the horse needs to be restrained or supported. For example, a horse who needs a rectal palpation for a colic may be placed in a stocks; the horse can't kick in protest. A horse with an injured leg who can't support himself may be placed in a stocks with a sling. It could be used for artificial insemination, again to keep the horse from being able to move away or kick.

    I've only ever seen one used for shoeing when a horse was permanently crippled by a road accident, and couldn't stand on 3 legs on her own.

    I'm sure they can be used for other large livestock but I don't know much about those uses.

  7. 1909 scale for weighing songbirds?
    1910 cigarette lighter and case
    1912 - laundry line that folds away.
    1914 funky bird feeder


  8. 1909 - For measuring the force of a phonograph arm?

  9. Correct answers so far:

    1909. Phonograph stylus gauge
    1911. Horse shoeing stocks, though they could also be used for other purposes
    1912. Fireplace crane
    1913. Fish hook sharpener

    Typically I don't comment one way or the other on items being used in the Neatorama collaboration.

  10. I'm looking at 1914 going, "Obviously it's an antique stick that spins when the wind hits it." which makes me both amused and feel silly when I look at people's Real Answers.

  11. 1914: