Thursday, April 28, 2011

Set 386

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2227. Approximately 48" long:

2228. 6-1/4" long, sent in by a visitor who is looking to find the purpose for this item:

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Text on it reads:

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2229. About 15" tall:

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2230. 3" long:

2231. 3/4" long, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this one and a chance to win a t-shirt:

2232. Around 30" long:


2227. A barley stumper or barley hummeller, it was "used to remove the awns or beards from barley after it had been threshed by flail or the early threshing machines. The tool was brought down in a stamping motion upon the barley, laid thinly on a wooden floor or heaped against a wall until all the awns had been broken off. It was then collected up with a wooden shovel and tossed up into a draft of air or put through a Winnowing machine to separate the several awns from the barley."

2228. Possibly a cover for an inkwell that was sunk into a desk, other suggestions include an ash tray cover, and part of a peephole for a door.

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2229. A drill press with a suction base for making holes in mirrors or glass. These are also used to drill glass aquariums for the installation of bulkhead fittings.

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2230. Wood graining combs, for making faux wood grain patterns:

2231. A pet ID holder in the shape of a mythical St. Bernard brandy flask, a piece of paper with the owner's information was placed inside of the holder which was then attached to the dog's collar. Someone discovered this 8" underground when metal detecting in Texas.

2232. This tool was used to tighten sacks of wool, see number 568 on this page.

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  1. 2229 Drill press held in place with rubber suction cup.
    2232 Ice tool

  2. 2228 looks like a door peep-hole
    2229 because of the suction cup, maybe used for drilling holes in glass?

  3. Drill press with suction base for making holes in glass is correct.

  4. 2227 - Could this be for cutting the Curd?
    2230 - Grainers - used to sculpt design in wet paint, for decoration.

  5. >2227 - Could this be for cutting the Curd?

    It does look like a curd cutter but the owner says it's for a different purpose.

    >2230 - Grainers - used to sculpt design in wet paint, for decoration.


  6. To help with identifying 2228 further:

    "BREVET DIN" appears to be short for "brevet d'invention", which means patent. A little searching on shows that SGDG stands for "sans garantie du gouvernement", which means "without guarantee of the government". Which means, then that "H. Fromont", whoever he is, is probably the "patent" holder. That's all I can contribute to this, sadly.

  7. 2230 - I recall these being used in the late '50's or early '60's by my father to create woodgrain effect on interior woodwork using scumble. Yes, that word was in use well before Pratchett borrowed it. He's about my age, maybe he recalled it too: I seem to remember there was a fad at the time, perhaps promoted by manufacturers of the glaze?