Initially I thought it was a clay pigeon, but on second viewing, the
sides appear too tall and the whole thing is not aerodynamic enough,
and you're right - if there's any paint of them it's just a splash of
color on the top. Others voted for the base of a judge's gavel, but
those are usually varnished wood (more impressive that way) and the
bases would match, so I can't see that either. Balance scale weights
do look similar, but those are usually just cast iron or brass and not
painted. It looks ceramic - I wonder if it's just the top of some jar
or an insulator?
What looks like corrosion is probably just chipped paint, but it's
definitely a clay pigeon, they were made in a wide variety of colors, sizes
and styles. This is a fairly old one, it was photographed at the
Trapshooting Hall of Fame.
As always, posting from rec.crafts.metalworking.
1031) This looks like a clay pigeon to me. I don't think
that I've ever seen one of this color -- but I haven't seen many
1032) O.K. This thing is designed for releasing a cable under heavy
load. The pin with the ring holds it locked when you absolutely
don't want it to release. Then, you connect a lanyard to the
eye in the lever just behind the piston, pull the pin, and pull
the lanyard to release the load.
The piston appears to serve to control the release rate --
perhaps so a flip of the lanyard won't release it -- it will
require a steady pull. Or perhaps (can't tell from this view),
there may be provisions for applying compressed air to the
piston the move the lever.
In any case, when the lever moves far enough, the spring loaded
hook at the left-hand end snaps up and releases the load.
1033) Looks like some form of flail -- for separating the grain from
1034) Hmm ... a dead-blow hammer -- with lead shot (or something
similar) inside the tube. When the face of the hammer hits the
workpiece, the shot keeps hitting the back of the face for a
while after that, preventing the hammer from bouncing and thus
transferring the maximum energy to the workpiece.
1035) Is that perhaps a shot tower? Molten lead was poured from a
series of apertures, and allowed to fall a certain distance
before landing in water. The shot cools enough in the air and
produces a rounder shot with little work compared to other
1036) (a) You look down into the hole and the mirror bends your
line of sight until it is parallel with the long
dimension of the level. It probably acts as a
right-angle telescope, and is sighted on a distant
reference of some specific height, and the rise or drop
is measured by the dial on the side.
(b) A similar function, without the built-in telescope, so
you either simply rest it on what you are measuring, or
sight along the top edge. The upper scale is obviously
calibrated in degrees, which makes me question the lower
one, since its pointer appears to be at 7.5 half inches
per foot, or 3.75" per 12", or 17.3540 degrees, which
certainly disagrees with the other hand indicating about
32 degrees. After all -- it does appear that all four
pointers are a single piece, and thus rotate together.
I think that the partially obscured top label says
"clinometer", but I am not sure about the bottom one.
Now to see what others have said.
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