Thursday, November 1, 2012

Set 465

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2701. 30" long:

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2702. Sent in by someone who is looking to identify this item:

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It is 3" long when closed:

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2703. 15" long:



































2704. Submitted by a reader of this site who would like to find the purpose of this device:

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2705. Around 11" long:

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2706. About 12" tall, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses and a chance to win a T-shirt:



































Answers:



2701. This is a trap for catching grouse on the prairie, an ear of corn was placed on the top, when a bird attempted to eat the bait it fell through the hinged trap door into the box. A sign next to it said "It was not uncommon...to find three to a dozen birds in the trap at the same time. Profit for selling the grouse was nearly two dollars a dozen in 1864."

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2702. A Cottle cartilage crusher, it was used prior to using cartilage for grafting purposes. In use, cartilage was placed in the trough, the lid was closed, and then tapped with a mallet once or twice, until the cartilage was soft and malleable, but still in one piece, so that it could be sewn in place.

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It is 3" long when closed:

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2703. A tinsmith's creasing swedge, it fits into an anvil and can be adjusted for various lengths.



































2704. Also no answer for this device, though it resembles an optician's lens tester:

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2705. A shoe soling tool, patent number 1,475,287:





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2706. This is a machine for making rope from binder twine or other cord. The video below shows how it was used:

























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13 comments:

  1. 2706 looks like it's for making rope.

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  2. 2704 For photographing or filming title cards.

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  3. 2701 looks abit trappy...

    2703 coulb#d be for sheetworking I.e. making beads in mtal sheets

    B.

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  4. 2703. Tinsmiths creasing swedge. Use mine often on sheet steel as well.
    2706. Looks like hemp rope twister.

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  5. As far as your answer for 2703 being a "trip hammer" you are incorrect.
    Google that term and look at images and descriptions.
    This is still a creasing swedge.
    I have been teaching and doing blacksmithing and tinsmithing professionally since 1980 and know my tools which have long included both of these mentioned.
    Have a nice day.

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    1. Thanks, just changed my answer, I had been given different information on it.

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  6. What's this? I ve never seen it before? kinda agriculture tool?

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  7. 2702 is a folding coat hook.

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