Thursday, January 13, 2011

Set 371

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2137. Approximately 5" long:

Another model of the same tool:

2138. 7/8" diameter, these photos were sent in by a visitor who is looking to find the purpose of this item, his description of it: "...seems to have a spring inside of it. When you squeeze it, the two parts spring back to the original position. The top is brass with embossed characters and the bottom is convex steel."

2139. 3-1/2" long:

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2140. The base is around 18" long, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses and a chance to win a T-shirt:

A smaller version of this tool:

2141. About 8" long:

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2142. Approximately 7" long, another unidentified item:

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2137. A scythe anvil, it was pounded into a stump and used with a hammer to peen the edge of a scythe to sharpen it.

2138. Part of a vintage Sixpence pocket coin holder and dispenser:

2139. A wire twisting tool, used when splicing fence or telephone wires:

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A similar tool can be seen in use at 1:30 in this video:

2140. A corn husk shredder, it was used for making mattresses, the husks would have been pushed onto the spikes and then pulled to shred them.

2141. Surveyor's stakes, or surveyor's pins:

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2142. A bed tightener, patent number 877,774:

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  1. 2137 looks like a "Stake Anvil" The spike would be driven into a stump, or adapted to fit in the Hardie Hole of another anvil

  2. 2140 looks like a flax carder, used to orient the strands before spinning into linen.

  3. 2137 is a stump anvil, made to be driven into a stump. Stake anvils have tangs that fit the stake holder, a plate set into the bench.
    This one would not have been altered for use in a hardy hole.
    (31 years blacksmithing experience)
    2140 I call this a flax comb. Carders have hundreds of tiny wires to drag the flax across.

  4. 2137 - Is used in the field to sharpen a scythe. Proper name is "Dengle or Scythe Anvil".

  5. 2141: Antenna lead standoffs. Usually, they had a little plastic disk within the eye, with a slot for the twin-lead cable.

  6. 2142 looks like a turnbuckle, but I'm not sure if this design serves one specific purpouse.

  7. 2137. Stump or dinglestick anvil
    2141. Surveyors pins