1611: most of a roller bearing (all but the outer race)
1614: Maybe a cathetometer - sort of a short distance telescopic very
low power microscope used to examine something, such as the height of
a column of mercury, from across the lab. In this case, the "thing"
you are looking at has a scale attached... Joel in Florida
Near as I can tell most of the text is just description with nothing about
purpose. "Ablese-mikroskop" is apparently commonplace German usage but it's
not in my regular dictionary and I don't know where my technical German
dictionary is hiding.
1610: Super dee-lux dowsing rod
1611: The thing in the middle is a roller bearing; I don't know what
the assembly is for.
1613: Kind of looks like an old tube tester, but I've never seen a
portable one nor one quite so substantial.
1614: A surveyor's level. You'd set it so the spirit level showed it
was level all around. Then you'd aim at at some known point (e.g. a
benchmark upon which your woefully underpaid apprentice is holding a
level rod). Then you'd turn it so it was aimed above the point you
wanted to transfer the elevation to, and have someone else hold up the
level rod so the level is aimed directly at it.
I don't know what the numbers are for; typically a level has
It's times like these which make me glad my bank is Dial-a-Mattress
1609 - It would be really, really nice to have an enlarged view of this,
so as to make out the markings engraved on the front glass. I'm
guessing these may give the item away, since an enlargement is missing.
Anyhow, it seems to be an indicating device of some sort. I'm guessing,
for no particularly good reason, that it has a nautical application,
possibly in ascertaining distance of a log line or something similar.
1610 - Seems to be a tool for levering something a short distance, but
with great force. Maybe it's railroad related, such as to manually move
the points of a switch that is otherwise uncooperative.
1611 - This looks to be a roller (maybe timken?) bearing of hefty size
with the rods welded on. It could form the hub of some small amusement
ride. It could also be a part of a turntable for, say, a large
television set, but the bearing looks designed for radial loads more
than thrust loads, which is opposite of what a TV turntable would
1612 - Probably a gauge to measure the width of some relatively thin
things, measured on what appears to be a logarithmic scale (a linear
increase in dimension leading to an exponential increase in gauge
number). The chain is to keep it handy at...well, whatever it's used
at. So, what's measured? No real ideas, although I'll take a stab and
guess small metal extrusions of some sort--channels or I-beams or some
1613 - Self-service tiki torch check. ("Please check all tiki torches
at the door. Thank you.")
1614 - My guess is that it's to measure windage due to gyroscopic
effects for a rifled gun. My guess is probably not correct, though.
It's a tough set. Now to see other people's thoughts.
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