Thursday, February 24, 2011

Set 377

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2173. Approximately 4-1/2" long:

2174. 12" long:

2175. The next four items were all used for the same purpose.

2175a. The plates are around 3" square and can be moved farther apart:

2175b. About 5-1/2" long, the upper part on the left can slide along the cylinder:

2175c. 6" tall:

2175d. Aproximately 3" wide, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this device and a chance to win a T-shirt:

2176. Around 14" long:

2177. 11" tall:

2178. Sent in by a visitor who is looking to find the purpose of this item:


2173. These are stripper clips for an M1903 Springfield bolt action rifle, they held five bullets and allowed a soldier to fill the magazine of his rifle quickly:

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This video has a different clip but shows the general idea of how it's used:

2174. A nutcracker:

2175. These are all apothecary powder paper folders for use by a chemist back when they sold medicine in powder form, the powder was placed on a small sheet of glassine paper that was then folded a few times (all parallel folds so it formed a long rectangular shape), they would then fold the ends by placing the paper on one of these folders and using it as a guide.

Prior to the invention of tablets, many medicines were supplied in the form of powders. The adjustable folders were used to ensure that all the separately wrapped powders were folded to the same length to make a professional appearance, the doses were then placed into a box and given to patients.



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2175c. More photos of this one can be seen here

2175d. This folder sold for around $100 on ebay:

2176. A dehorner for use on young cattle, before their horns were very long, patent number 601,996:

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2177. This was part of the same museum display as the black powder paper folder seen above, it's a leech jar for use by a physician:

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2178. Best guess so far on this one is that it's some type of finial:

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  1. 2173
    Stripper clips for 30.06 ammunition. Springfield mod 1903 bolt action rifle. Each held 5 rounds.

  2. 2174 - Nut cracker
    2179 - beer tap handle

  3. 2175: All are book holders.

  4. >2173. Stripper clips...


    >2174 - Nut cracker


    >2179 - beer tap handle

    Sounds like a good possibility

    >2176 - Castration tool

    No, but it is for use on an animal

    >2175: All are book holders


  5. 2176 - could it be a hoof trimmer?

  6. >2176 - could it be a hoof trimmer?

    No, but you're getting closer

    >2175d - A travel toilet.

    Nope, it's only 3" wide

  7. 2177 looks like a "slop jar" or "night soil" jar from before indoor toilets.

    2176. a de-horning cutter?

  8. >2176. a de-horning cutter?

    That's it!

  9. 2178 I believe this is an aspergillum (holy water sprinkler).