Interesting and baffling, as usual.
1167 -- Very strange looking. This obviously isn't sturdy enough to
apply a lot of torque or force to something, so it's probably a holder
rather than a tool for operating other things. At first glance, this
would seem to hold a lens or other optical component, but why then the
cutouts at the sides? Why no locks to hold the width setting? For lack
of a better guess, I'll say it might be used to hold cutouts under a
photo enlarger for vignetting images.
1168 -- Likewise very strange. Are the glittery bits free to move about
in a tube, or merely surface decoration? If free to move, it may be a
vibration detecting gizmo, where patterns in the glitter indicate
various sorts of vibration, at frequencies determined by the resonance
of the rabbit ears. If not free to move, I guess it could be a dousing
rod, used to separate water or oil from rock and gullible persons from
1169 -- It's a bunch of chains hanging from a pole, for use when you
need a bunch of chains hanging around a pole. Erm...possibly the center
to support a canvas roof over a carousel?
1170 -- Given that this obviously has a 300 pound load capacity, and the
A. B. Chance company (according to their website) manufactures various
foundation anchors, I suspect this is an anchor either to attach a cable
to a load or to embed in e.g. concrete and support stuff once the
1171 -- This looks somewhat homemade to me, probably used with a
suitable follower to impart rotary motion to something, similarly to a
Yankee screwdriver or those stationary-base tops with plungers to spin
them. Popular mechanics shop notes (1926, page 21) had a very vaguely
similar setup described for winding watches, but quite different in
1172 -- This appears to be a torch of some sort, possibly fueled by
acetylene generated from carbide in the larger canister (with the
wadding soaked in water). Equally possibly, the fuel could be some
other hydrocarbon like alcohol or kerosene.
Now to read other guesses...
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
Wrong AB Chance, or at least the wrong division. This item is used in the
service of transmission and distribution systems. It's called a hand line
hook. The hand line goes through the holes and items are raised/lowered to
the pole. It's on page 1253 of
http://www.hubbellpowersystems.com/powertest/view/download.asp?pubIDh . I
used to work as a design engineer in the transmission and distribution
industry (for a manufacturer) and have visited the AB Chance factory in
Centralia, MO, before it was sold to Hubbell Power Systems.
O.K. Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as usual.
1167) Hmm ... interesting device. What it sort of looks like is a
holder for heat treating material to blue it -- such as what is
done to make old clock hands. (The heat is suggested by the
wooden handle on a skinny stem.) But -- I don't see any signs
of discoloration of the brass from the heat treating.
1168) The glass tube with two metal end caps and what looks like
brass filings in it reminds me of an early detector used for
radio reception called a "coherer". It had to be vibrated to
release the coherence, and those flexible vanes could well be
used for that purpose -- assuming that it is mounted by the
metal rod on the other end, and that there are provisions for
connecting a flexible wire to the end with the vanes.
1169) This one sort of reminds me of a "hole" for Frisbee golf,
though it has more chains than the ones which I've seen. And,
since the bottom of the image is cut off, I can't tell whether
there is anything to retain the Frisbee once a "hole" is scored.
1170) Looks like some kind of load-bearing hook which can be dumped
once the load is slacked. The hoisting chain or line is
connected to the larger hole, and the dumping line to the
smaller one. The markings suggest load-bearing, too.
1171) This one seems to be a "damnifiknow". If the wire wound
around it were square or rectangular in cross section, I would
consider that it is for cleaning a hole in something. But as it
is, I can think of no reasonable function for the thing. :-)
1172) A pocket hand warmer, perhaps? It looks as though it take fuel
like cigarette lighter fluid in the cotton, and the other
(smaller) cylinder holds the burner -- though I'm not sure what
the source of oxygen would be in a pocket. It almost certainly
would have a non-flamable insulation around it -- perhaps
asbestos cloth, given the apparent age.
Now to see what others have said.
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