175. Slater's hook used in roofing. You stick the pointed end into a
rafter or log near where you're working and use the straight
horizontal edge to support the slate to be trimmed. Rob, didn't one
of your puzzles from a short while ago reference this tool?
176. Fishnet making 'bob'.
Yes, I posted a slater's hook a few months ago, I think the piece in the
current set is an unfinished version of one. Some tools can look similar
but be used for different purposes, so I thought I would post this one just
to get a few opinions on whether it's actually the same tool or not, I'm
guessing it is. I'll post a photo of the previous slater's hook on the
Rather a puzzling group this time around.
1173 -- Obviously a counter or indicator for something, but what
purpose? Presumably something that required fairly large counts and/or
fairly high precision, as it looks to indicate to six digits. Maybe an
indicator for a utility meter (water or gas)?
1174 -- Ummm, you hold the knurled block, and, ummm...do stuff with
1175 -- Nice wide boot scraper? but the supporting pointed prong
doesn't seem sufficient for such a use.
1176 -- I think this is a whistle or other blown noisemaker/instruemnt;
the white portion looks suspiciously like a recorder/tin whistle
1177 -- This is presumably a specialized wrench, maybe for rotating
plumbing fittings with multiple lobes, such as are sometimes used on
garbage disposal units and other drain line fittings. (It does appear
it could also be used to seat or unseat keys holding pulleys on
shafting, but doesn't look sufficiently sturdy for that use to my eye.)
1178 -- tightener for wire fencing or metal strapping used on crates?
Now to see other guesses....
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
O.K. Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
I note that you say "tools" this time. Is that supposed to be a
1173) It looks to me like a form of angular totalizer. The scale
on the OD measures the percentage of a full revolution, and the
two wheels in the arm count units and tens of full revolutions.
Hmm ... there is also a stop pin in the outer rim of the main
disk, and the two-colored scale outside that presumably shows you
where to set the pin for the next round -- which suggests that
it is for something like controlling an index head or a rotary
table for cutting gears or something similar.
1174) Not really sure about this. I would like to examine it in hand
not just via photos. My guess is that it is for holding slim
candles for lighting something like a acetylyene torch.
1175) I think that we need the original blacksmith to tell why he
made it and for what. :-)
1176) A holder for a crayon or some other marker? Or a cigarette
holder if there is a hole at the small end of the black part.
Or perhaps for smoking something like hashish or opium?
1177) A wrench for turning something which has a ratchet wheel.
1178) It looks as though it is for forming curves in metal strips.
Are there threads on the sliding rod for the movable curve? If
so, it could be clamped to hold something in place.
1179) -- nope -- that one is for next week. :-)
Now to see what others have guessed.
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1174 is a tool for inserting the lock strip in windshield rubbers,
particularly Austin Minis, 1100/1300s, and Austin Americas. Lockstrip goes
through the handle then through "diamond" shaped guide which is used to open
the groove in the windshield rubber.
1176 appears to be a drone reed from a Spanish Gaida (bagpipe).
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