Thursday, May 3, 2012

Set 439

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2545. 5" long, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses and a chance to win a T-shirt:

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2546. Sent in by a visitor who is looking to find the purpose of this item:

2547. Around 1" diameter:

2548. Sent in by someone who would like to know if this tool is for a specific use:

2549. Circa 1900, someone found this along the bank of the Ashuelot River in New Hampshire:

2550. Another unidentified tool:

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545. This is an early European jailer's key pistol, it was probably fired by touching a cigar to the small hole in the top of it:

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2546. A laboratory device for demonstrating electrolysis, as seen in the video below, you could skip the first 55 seconds:

2547. Imperfect coins at the mint are put through high pressure rollers to cancel them, the result is a waffle coin like this one:

2548. This is a Terrex Autospade or backsaver, patent number 2,751,192:

2549. A cigar shaped whiskey sampler, or whiskey flask, these were made to sell to saloons who would put their names on them with a paper label to advertise their business.

2550. No answer yet for this tool:

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  1. 2546 is an electrolysis vessel without the electrodes...

    2546 is an invalidated coin


  2. 2545 Pistol disguised as a key.

    2549 Weight for a lead line, used to determine water depth.

    Some neat stuff this week!

  3. Agree with Anon of 2:31 ob both the coin and the electrolysis setup. In the bottom goes rubber stoppers with gold/platimum electrodes. Usually used in Chemistry class to show that water really is made of 2 parts hydrogen, 1 part oxygen

  4. 2545 is a... uh... key. 2547 is a... uh... messed up quarter. Huh-Huh. Glad I could help.

  5. 2549 - Is a Victorian Tear Catcher

  6. 2548 is a auto dig spade, just the thing if you have a bad back

    1. Good call, someone else said the brand name was Terrex

  7. gree along with Anon associated with two: thirty-one ob both gold coin and also the electrolysis set up. Within the base will go rubberized stoppers along with gold/platimum electrodes. Generally utilized in Biochemistry course to exhibit which drinking water truly consists of two components hydrogen, 1 component air.

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