Thursday, January 21, 2010

Set 320

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1831. The wood base is approximately 24" long, c. 1920, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this device:

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1832. 40" long:

1833. About 36" inside diameter, c. 1840:

1834. 35" long, this unidentified tool was submitted by a visitor:

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1835. Another unidentified item that was sent in:

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1836. 9-3/4" long:

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1831. A rotary spark-gap transmitter that would have been part of an amateur radio station back in the 1920s.

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1832. A stagecoach horn, it was sounded by the driver when he got within earshot of a hostel, one blast for each passenger, to alert the innkeeper that he was approaching and to be ready to receive guests. A lookout lad would run inside with the news so that upon arrival food would be waiting and hot water and towels would be on hand.

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1833. A hollowed-out sycamore tree section that was used as a grain bin in the 1840s:

1834. Haven't been able to verify any of these suggestions for this tool:
-flat belt shifter
-for moving bales of hay

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1835. Probably part of the frame for a punching bag:

1836. A Primus lighter, it uses a flint and shoots sparks when the handle is compressed:

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  1. 1833 Hollow log made into rain barrel.
    1836 Flint striker - possibly used to light gas stove or gas lamps.

  2. 1831 Radio transmitter. Tuned by adjusting the clamp on the spiral on the right. Power supply on the right. Rotary spark gap is the wheel wheel in the middle. (which looks like an unused replacement, since there's no wear on the tips)
    1832. Fireman's horn. You often see these on on fire department seals.
    1836: I agree, a sparker for lighting stoves, lamps, or pilot lights.

  3. 1831 Oops, the tuner is, of course on the left of the photo.

  4. 1833--A hollow log wouldn't hold a lot of rain; more likely a bee hive ("bee gum".

  5. Correct on the flint striker.

    The hollow log is not for rain nor is it a bee hive.

    The horn isn't for use by a fireman.

  6. >1832-A canal boatman's horn

    Nope, according to what it was marked, this is not correct.

  7. 1835. I'd say whomever said speed bag holder is right. Search ebay for vintage speed bag on ebay.