Rather an eclectic collection this time...and I think I even know one or
1179 -- a gauge for measuring the height of something. I suspect
horses, since it's graduated in hands and quarters.
1180 -- No real clue here. It kind of looks like it may be made for
manipulating thread or thin wires, perhaps in threading a knitting
1181 -- A globe stand, obviously without the globe. From the stand, it
would appear to have been a rather fancy and moderately large globe.
1182 -- Looks to be some sort of a friction catch to hold a loop of cord
or something similar in place. Precisely what for, I can't say; perhaps
a cloth top on an automobile? But 1934 would be a little late for that,
1183 -- I assume this is used to set something else up. A projector? A
rifle at a shooting range? A piano action when regulating it somehow?
1184 -- half of a mold for making a phonograph record?
Now to see other people's ideas....
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
O.K. I'm hitting it rather late tonight.
1179) My guess is that it is for measuring the level of a liquid
in a tank -- with the crossbar and level assuring that the
measuring stick is vertical and starts with the top of the tank.
1180) My first guess is that it is for driving something (the end
of a cord, perhaps) into a hole -- with the sliding knurled
piece hitting the forked end under the force of the spring.
1181) Looks like the stand for a fairly large globe of the Earth.
The angle seems to match the tilt of the earth, and the offset
neck at the bottom is to keep the center of mass over the center
of the base.
1182) This looks more like a "roach clip" than anything else, but I
can't picture one being patented in 1934, nor can I see where
the patent number would be affixed. (Unless it is on a tag on
the chain. :-)
1183) The key on it looks like old film winder knobs, suggesting
that it might be for leveling a camera.
1184) Material could make a big difference in this one.
Perhaps a wax master for recording a record.
Perhaps a selenium solar cell.
Perhaps a high-voltage insulator (but not *extremely* high
voltage, as it lacks the ribs for increasing the leakage track
Now to see what others have guessed before going to bed.
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1180: maybe a wire cutter? Pull the knurled thing, release,
and the spring raps a chisel that nicks the wire.
1181: I think it's a gnomon. The rod casts the
shadow for a sundial (and the base is repositioned
on a track according to season, for accuracy).
1179 - Horse measuring stick, measures in "hands," and inches,
increments of four inches per hand. Marks between are half and quarter
hands or just expressed as inches.
Example: 15 hands and three quarters - or 15/3 == 63 inches, medium
sized light horse. They're only large size light horses when 16 to 18
hands and scary/fun as all hell to ride over fixed jumps. (ones that
don't come apart if you hit one:)
The level is to aid accuracy. It is placed on the withers (highest point
on the horse's back, just behind the neck), leveled, and the height read
on the vertical stick.
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