Thursday, June 20, 2013

Set 498

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2899. 8" long:

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2900. Sent in by a visitor who would like to find the purpose of this item, here is his description of it:

"This is something that has been in the family for years - we assume it belonged to my grandfather but nobody really remembers where it came from. He was a merchant marine captain during WWII, so I wonder if it is something a seaman would store things in.

The cylinder is about 3.5" long, the hook does not appear to be broken - it is not jagged. I think it is bent, and originally fit flush. At the other end of the chain is a fob that says "35" or "SE". I am leaning towards 35 (1935 maybe?) because of the era. There appears to be a seam - not exactly where the diameter increases, but about a centimeter above. Nobody has yet been able to open it."

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2901. 9" long:


















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2902. 1-1/2" long:

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2903. 14" long:

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2904. 7" long, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses and a chance to win one of their funny T-shirts.

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Answers:




2899. A carpenter's marking gauge with five separate gauges, it was used for scribing a line parallel to a reference edge, patent number 79,632:

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2900. No answer yet for this item:

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2901. The first two are plumb squares, for use when making banisters or other vertical structures:
















A level for horizontal surfaces:

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2902. Stanley No. 99 trammel points, they were attached to a piece of wood and used like a marking gauge or for transferring measurements:

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2903. A corner chisel, when making a mortice with a drill, this chisel could be used to square the corners, as seen in the video below.

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2904. This is a German Tarantella razor blade sharpener, it's missing a piece of leather that fits over the round part. A razor blade would be placed into the small clamp, the device would then be swung in small circular movements to cause the leather part to rotate around the blade and sharpen it.

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A week ago I reposted a lot of the unsolved items from the past year or two, the post can be seen at this link:
Tool Mysteries.
The item below has been identified, it's a Moro sword handle from the Philippines:
2838.

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7 comments:

  1. 2904
    A razor blade sharpener?

    Just guessing..

    B.

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  2. 2901 is a (set) of levels. When the flat wooden edges are placed against a horizontal or vertical surface (depending on the edge), the plumb bob hangs centered in the cutout for it. Deviations from true are apparent when the bob is off-center.

    2903 is a corner chisel, used for squaring corners in a mortise. You can find a review of a new, heftier, corner chisel at http://toolmonger.com/2009/03/10/a-real-bruzzer/

    I think 2902 are electrodes off of a electrostatics demonstration machine, like a Wimshurst Machine or similar. The sharp points would provide a good source of coronal discharge, and are replaceable.

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  3. 2903: A lathe tool for turning a V-groove.

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  4. 2904: Sugar refractometer (?)

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  5. Love the instructions in esperanto on 2904

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