Thursday, August 8, 2013

Set 505

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2941. 3-1/2" long:

2942. Sent in by a visitor who would like to find out its purpose:

2943. 15" tall, made of metal, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses and a chance to win a T-shirt:

2944. 3" long:

2945. 6" long:

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2946. 7-1/2" long:

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2941. This is a fob for an old pocket watch, these were used because it was easier to pull a timepiece from a small pocket if there was a leather strap attached to the watch.

2942. This is a pump oil can that is missing its spout:

2943. The back of this cast iron knight is a fireplace tools holder that held a poker, shovel, broom, and tongs, originally for use with a coal burning Bilston Knight fire grate.

2944. A match safe, for carrying wooden matches back in the days before lighters and matchbooks:

2945. These are cone gouge slipstones, for sharpening woodworkers' carving gouges:

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2946. A fireman's bed key or bed wrench, this tool allowed the men to quickly disassemble the wooden frame of a bed, often the most valuable item owned by a family, and remove it to safety.

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  1. 2941 - Watch fob for a pocket watch

  2. 2944: Pocket Humidor? For keeping cigars from dryng out.

  3. 2946 An early bed wrench.
    19th century fire department salvage companies usually carried something like this one on their fire apparatus.

  4. 2944 - Match safe so old, non-safety matches wouldn't light in your pocket.
    2945 - Sharpening stones for curved chisels/gouges?

  5. 2943
    evel or robbie Knievel car key holder statue.

    Neatorama chemistry glass ware shirt large

  6. 2941 looks like a horse brass.

  7. 2942 looks like an oil can with its spout missing and on its side. The lid with the XXX looks like cast brass though instead of the stamped metal we usually see.