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That would be a good bet, it does say Bell System on it.
Rob
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    Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1765)    This looks to me to be a meat tenderizer -- for fairly     large steaks and such. Not sure about the choice of     metal as it appears to be a copper-based alloy, probably bronze,     and with certain fluids it might make a mildly toxic result.
1766)    At a pure guess, it looks to me like something designed to be     pounded into the top of a fence post or a tall stump, with the     flat piece tucked under a loop to keep it from pulling away, and     is used for hitching a horse for short periods.
1767)    Hmm ... perhaps for flavorings used in a soda fountain? or     perhaps some form of whiskey bottle. A bit tall for a soft     drink. The two outer ones appear to use crimped-on caps, while     it is difficult to tell about the center one.
1768)    Interesting thing. The first guess was a disk-keyed music box     but all the holes appear to be present in all the rows.
    However -- it does look as though there are multiple concentric     rings with gear teeth which engage the long gear from the crank,     and the presence of what looks like planetary symbols suggest     that it may be an early form of planetarium (projects star and     planet information on the ceiling or wall.)
    Since the pitch of the gears appears the same for each     concentric ring, the inner ones will turn faster than the outer     ones, perhaps matching orbital times.
    Some of the rings appear to have multiple holes, thus projecting     constellations like the big dipper and such.
1769)    Hmm a piston igniter? Air is compressed heavily in the bottom     thus heating greatly and igniting some tinder in the bottom.     What I don't see is a way to get the lit tinder out of the     container to the potential fire quickly enough. Do the upper     and lower parts of the container separate along perhaps the     middle of the three grooves?
1770)    Hmm ... perhaps a blacksmith's or a farrier's hammer? Not     quite sure what function the hole serves -- unless it contains a     bottle of horseshoe nails?
    Now to see what others have suggested.
    Enjoy,         DoN.
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1768 an orrerry for a planetarium, or magic lantern. ??????????
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