1813 -- This may be cheating, but I googled "HL 1846" and followed a few
links. There's a photo at http://tinyurl.com/ylro4wt which kind of looks
like this, so I'm going to guess it's a hydraulic cam lifter. Here's a
better picture of a similar item: http://tinyurl.com/yzgsp6c
1818 -- I was going to guess a blank for milling custom switchplates, but
it's too short.
Also used to hang them by.
This is correct.
Thought I would try something different and just put the answers at the
bottom of the original post, also, after the last answer is a photo of ten
previously posted items for you to test your memory::
I never thought that 1815 would have been used as a choker in logging with a
rope. It must been an old application, like horse or oxen logging.
I made these over forty years ago. We used molten zinc to hold the buttons
on the end of the cable. A well made choker broke before the button came
off. I understand they are swaged on the cable now.
Any idea how the button was connected to the rope? This is definitely the
weak point. Like I said, maybe for horse drawn logs. Hook up any kind of
machinery to it, it will break or the button will come off.
By the way, growing up in logging community, I am very familiar with
chokers. It was the bottom rung of the ladder in logging, the choker setter.
It was also the leading cause of death and amputations in logging at that
I think your analysis of this one is correct. Someone sent me this photo
that they had shot at a museum, after I posted it I found out that the
larger piece is original but the rope and other piece were added for
Still is the bottom rung of the ladder. Although the newer chokers are
easier with the open latch. But it's still real easy to lose a finger or
get hit with a loose butt.
I agree with you that rope wouldn't handle the strain. That's why I said
it looked like a prop in my first post.
Those chokers don't stay on the logs all the time and when they become
undone or break, human flesh is often hit with devestating results.
Same here. I knew that a rope would hold up for about two seconds in the
woods, so I guessed a home made cattle noose made with a recycled part. It
never occurred to me that it was a display. The rope is what threw me off.
Why would they display it in an inaccurate manner?
There are a LOT of items on display in museums that are incorrect. Many
times it's simply because they went on the word of the donor, who may
have used the item for something entirely different than what it was
designed/intended for. You see it a lot at farm machinery displays and
The young men doing this were called chokermen here. Most of the chokers I
have seen just had a steel eye spliced into the ends. I can't imagine that
flimsy thing holding a real tree, like the ones we have here in British
I have seen them in use here, one uncle owned a small logging company when I
was young. He took me to see his last steam donkey engine working when I was
5 years old!
1814 indicates gallons of gasoline delivered from an old-fashioned pump.
There's a decent picture at
http://www.kansastravel.org/agheritagepark.htm in the picture titled
"Farm gasoline pumps and cans". It's in the tallest pump, inside the
glass at the top.
Back in the bad old days, people wanted to *see* their gasoline measured
out. The station operator would pump gasoline up into the glass and then
drain it into the container or car or whatever.
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