Again posting from rec.crafts.metalworking.
1043) Hmm ... perhaps an oil lamp of some sort -- with a wick
held in the spring-loaded pinchers at the top?
But the location of the eyelets suggests that it is supposed to
be carried by a strap around the neck. I think that it is a bit
too early to be a gunpowder dispenser -- or a shot dispenser,
but I'm not sure.
1044) An interesting clawhammer. Two possibilities come to mind:
1) The solid back claw is to keep the nail from flipping
out of control and perhaps being lost when it finally
2) The solid back claw, in combination with the bifurcated
normal claw, can serve to hold a nail so you can start
it without an extra hand being involved.
1045) A rolling-ball level. Not particularly sensitive, based on the
visible curvature of the ramps going to the right and left.
I suspect that each graduation moving out from the circle
represents a additional degree off level.
1046) Looks like a set of tongs for carrying a block of ice with less
damage than the usual tongs create.
1047) A guess, given the markings, suggests that this is yet another
device for measuring tread wear on tires. The white "toothpick"
sticks into the grooves while the body hits against the outer
tread, to give you an indication of how much is left.
1048) I *knew* that I should have gotten around to photographing mine
and sending it in. I had it for a few years (from one friend)
before another friend commented on it. She knew what it was
because she had worked with one regularly.
It is designed to draw the drawstrings on a money back tight,
(with the left lever) and then crimp a seal onto the strings
(with the pliers handles). This is done after they have been
filled with a counted amount of money. At that time, she
happened to be stuck with the job of counting the concessions
take from the football games at the college where she worked.
Mine is painted gray instead of natural metal color (that one
looks like nickel-plated steel) but is otherwise quite similar.
Now to see what others have said,
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