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2557. The two smaller ones are about 1" diameter:
2558. 12" long:
2559. 24" long:
2560. Around 9" long, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this tool and a chance to win a T-shirt:
2561. 7-3/4" tall, purchased at an estate sale in California by someone who would like to find the purpose of this item:
2562. 8" long:
2557. These are bone ash cupels from the 1800s, found in Cripple Creek, Colorado, they were used as assaying crucibles for silver, as seen in the first illustration on this page.
2558. This is a tool for opening cartons of bottled whiskey, text on it says "Save cartons, Schenley Distillers Corp, N.Y., Open carefully."
2559. A woodworker's panel marking gauge, "used to layout large panels, doors or any line further from the edge than a marking gauge can reach."
2560. This is a fence twisting tool, it's for applying the vertical or stay wires to the lateral wires of a fence, patent number 582,370.
2561. Part of a balero cup and ball type toy from Mexico:
2562. A Blade Buster lawnmower clamp for holding the blade in place while the nut is being removed:
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