1670 An elevator controll box.
1672 A "step on it" type lawn edger.
1673 A measuring tape, the movement is for measuring "inside" or "outside"
dimensions without error from the thickness of the hook.
1669 - Looks like tongs used for riveting lap joints. The tongs hold the
work while the rivets are installed in the notches.
1670 - OLD Elevator control. From the days when an operator rode with you.
1671 - Part of a swedge set?
1672 - Step on lawn edger. Foot goes in the stirrup and you step down to
cut the edge.
1673 - Tape measure end tab. It can move to compensate for the thickness
of the tab when measuring inside dimensions.
1674 - Old pipe hanger?
1669: I'd guess used in a fireplace (when it's cold), but not sure
1670: Elevator control panel from back before automatic elevators. I imagine
"safety" either controls a brake or disables the motor switch. I'm
not sure what the "break glass" procedure was for; possibly there was
an interlock to prevent opening the door between floors and that would
1671: For hitting something round.
1672: Perhaps for laying out some sort of roofing material
1673: It's a tape measure. The tongue should move exactly its own
thickness, so you get accurate results regardless of which side of the
tongue you use as a reference.
1674: Boot stand
It's times like these which make me glad my bank is Dial-a-Mattress
O.K. Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1669) I would like to see this from other angles to be sure of
how it works, but it looks as though if you release the
retaining ring from the handles at the end and allow the handles
to separate, they lever the jaws closed, which might suggest
that it is for picking up something heavy and likely hot. Not
likely to be a pizza, but perhaps some thing in a forge.
1670) Been years since I last saw one of these. It is the controller
used with manually operated elevators by the uniformed man
placed there for the purpose. Push the handle to the left and
the elevator goes down, to the right and it raises. the more
distant from the vertical position the faster the elevator moves.
1671) Designed to form something over a rounded surface, perhaps
over the horn of an anvil.
The back of the head of this is struck with a separate hammer to
apply the needed force.
1672) At a guess, designed for transporting mortar to a brick joint and
then smoothing it.
1673) That is the end of a loose-leaf binder, and the tab which is
operated to open and close the rings.
From what is shown, I can't tell whether it is a two-ring, three
ring or one of the more elaborate ones.
1674) No real clue. Perhaps to keep a branding iron from touching
the ground and loosing heat?
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1669 - Multiple valve spring compressor for an engine (or compressor for
springs of a similar nature); I'm guessing perhaps the two outer slots
are spaced so as to be used for both valves of a single cylinder of some
particularly common engine (of the era), while the middle one could be
used for any engine; or perhaps the end ones were to get around tight
1670 - Perhaps a fire extinguisher activation handle, say for a gasoline
1671 - This may be, although it seems a bit unlikely to me, a large
severing mallet, for severing ropes or cables (that is, wrapping them
with a coil of smaller twine or whatever to protect them). It seems
rather large and a bit misshapen for that use, though; and the hammer
head part would not seem to serve much of a purpose.
1672 - A foot-powered sod cutter?
1673 - The tip of a measuring tape, the part that stays hooked over the
far end of whatever you're measuring until you're nearly ready to read
the measurement off of it, at which point it comes free and the tape
rewinds back into its case. At least, that's how mine usually works.
The small amount of play in the end is supposed to be twice the
thickness of the vertical nib, and auto-corrects for its thickness for
taking both inside and outside measurements.
1674 - Guard for something? Half of a heavy-duty pipe hanger? Wagon
boarding step? Doohicky created during blacksmith training? (I suppose
I should say it's a wire fence tightener, since about half of the things
I fail to recognize seem to be wire fence tighteners!)
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