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New Hampshire

fascinated by odd tools and what they might have been used for


  1. Pretty neat!
  2. If you know what you are doing, this is a very handy plane, contrived or not.
  3. From the photos, it looks like it would work. If you are not sure, don't try cleaning the optics as they are critical. Maybe you can find clear instructions on line. Let me know how you are doing with...
  4. Blunderbuss have fun! I like to have fun here as well! Being a smartass is fun now and then! Have a good day.
  5. I think your mystery goody qualifies for a prize!
  6. It looks like it clamps to a bench or table. The graduated notches might have engaged a bail type wire spring or something?
  7. Your idea of it being used in some sort of large lamp makes good sense. It could be easily removed and serviced as it is self-contained.
  8. That's the key to my Rolls-Royce!! I've been looking for it since..why since you were a boy!
  9. Wouldn't an incomplete snuffer be called a'snafu'?
  10. More likely made of welded steel. Find the guy who made it and ask him what he was smoking!
  11. What size battery does it use? As far as where you would use it, haven't you ever been on a tightrope in the middle of the night?
  12. It looks decorative rather than functional. You see these things on big heavy curtain rods, but maybe not this one!
  13. I'm pretty sure that it is a blacksmith's tool. The handle would allow the piece to be held while struck with a hammer.
  14. Maybe for pressing the lid into a barrel-like container? I do know what that other thing is though..its a computer monitor!!
  15. They used to come as an attachment on vacuum cleaners to spray whatever. Can you imagine the mess one of these things could make?
  16. I think you need to talk to your local Rabbi.
  17. Those old door handles often broke because they were made out of 'pot metal' I think mostly zinc. The zinc gave high detail and was cheap, but not very strong. Henry Ford started using stainless stee...
  18. First of all, it doesn't look American due to the screw type wire connectors. You have not indicated how the bar or handle or switch operate. Does it slide back and forth with a spring loaded central ...
  19. It might a 'bull nose' plane. They are used to get into tight corners so to speak.
  20. Please show the bottom side!! Also the end views, as this will help a lot!
  21. Railroad anchor? Would that be fresh water or salt?
  22. It looks a lot like the clamping jaw used in a brace and bit type drill. Perhaps a large one?
  23. Well Blunderbuss@, I don't exactly see a line forming to answer this question, so what is it? Maybe its just a narrow gauge railroad goodie?
  24. The machinist probably put the B&S paper in there just to keep the Starrett on its toes!
  25. From Maine? Probably an old lobster sheller. Then again, with a few more pictures showing how it can be adjusted might help. It appears to be highly adjustable for something!
  26. A regular lab type binocular compound 'scope. Olympus was a good, inexpensive 'scope back in the 60s. It employs a mechanical stage, which is the device which allows controlled movement of the slide f...
  27. More pictures please!
  28. I saw a rope maker at Mystic Connecticut back in 1959 that looked just like yours. It was bigger though and was use to make 3 inch 'hawsers'.
  29. This is an embarasingly clear example of over breeding. In the wild, this hammer would not have survived.
  30. It is a simple compound microscope which looks like it originally had three objectives. Probably a 10X, 40X and a 100X . It is missing the light gathering mirror. Why not go on line and search C Baker...
  31. It was used to castrate pigeons.
  32. These may be early co2 cartidge containers to put the 'fizz' in sparkling water. You would usually find them in a bar where carbonated drinks were served.
  33. I've used a shovel similar to this for removing the built-up sand in the bottom of a dug well.
  34. It looks as if it would be mounted on a bench. The cord might be attached to a foot operated pedal to 'trip' the hammer-like arm, which appears to be spring loaded. I can't see how a saw blade could ...
  35. A few more close ups from different angles would be helpful.
  36. Car jack from the 20s and 30s. Model A ford had one similar to this. Nice find.
  37. A wooden bar would have been inserted in the slot. The passive end of the clamp is of course missing.
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