1856 Printing Press.
1857 Solid? Brass? Carefully machined threads, keyway, retaining clip
hole... One with threads cut off? One badly corroded? I'll guess parts
salvaged from an old naval steam engine.
1858 Old roman oil bottle.
1859 One-way feed sprag/dog from an old wood planer/miller. Though the
hole seems a bit feeble compared with the robustness of the part.
1860 Demonstration land mine.
If they're either brass _or_ bronze the color rendition is all fouled up
Indescript shafts off most any piece of equipment; look like been cut
off on other end; would expect keyways or other fittings as well. Not
many shafts have one end keyed/threaded and the other end just a bare
shaft; there's nothing to hold it in place or for it to do but rotate;
it can't transmit power to/from anything unless there was a press fit on
the other end.
OK, hadn't looked at the closeup view; they're tapered for bearing; need
closeup of other ends to have much hope of any specific application
unless there are hints from where they were obtained, etc.
1855 - Stirrup for a saddle, with an incongruous piece of baling twine
wrapped around it? Early and unsuccessful prototype slingshot?
1856 - Printing press; the ink rollers are immediately visible, the ink
goes on the round plate at the top, and the paper to be printed goes in
the slot just underneath the rollers. Pressing the foot pedal would
presumably start the action, and cause the ink rollers to move down and
ink the type (also in the slot area) and then press the paper against
the inked type, probably breaking off any fingers that also happened to
straggle in the way.
1857 - Maybe tamper rods for setting blasting charges when mining rock?
Brass would avoid the problem of striking sparks while tamping, while
being heavier than wood (which is not uncommonly used).
1858 - I'd say it's a bottle, but that seems far to easy. Maybe instead
it's a weight for tying on the end of a rope to keep it taut.
1859 - Maybe an anti-kickback dog for a sawmill? Maybe a latching lever
for an old hand brake lever or similar, presumably engaging against a
1860 - Seed dusting apparatus (for applying fungicides or other powdered
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
#1855 Linstock. Used (on a long wooden staff) for firing older
cannon. The string wrapped around it is a slow-match, soaked in
#1856 Printing press
#1858 Poison bottle, heavy duty. There should be a wicker protective
cage around it.
#1860 Anti-tank landmine
1855 No idea
1856 old manual printing press. Like the one in the Apple Dumpling Gang.
1857 no idea, but I like the idea that it was a tamp to put explosives
in a drilled hole to cut rock at a quarry or open up a tunnel in a mine.
1858 High voltage power line insulator.
1859 some sort of hand cam lock for a machine with 1 - 6 speeds forward?
and one reverse. X = Park or lock??
1860 When I first looked I thought land mine. Others who have posted
thought the same thing. So I agree 8>)
Mike in Ohio
Rob H. wrote:
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1885) Looks like a socket in the handle, so (assuming that
the rope does not belong) I think that it might be for
handling a vessel for melting and pouring metal used in casting.
The eyes (are they fully closed eyes, or hooks?) fit over studs
on the sides of the vessel, so the vessel remains level as you
lift it clear of the furnace, yet allow tilting it sideways.
1886) An old printing press. Not sure whether this is an offset
press or not, but I am sure that it is a printing press.
1887) Hmm .... I personally doubt that these are brass. I strongly
suspect that they are bronze instead -- probably "naval bronze".
And -- I think that they are propeller shafts for fairly small
boats. The tapered and keyed ends of two of them would accept
the propeller with a tapered hole, and the key slot accepts a
key to keep the propeller from rotating on the shaft. The
threaded end accepts a castelated nut to pull the propeller
firmly on the shaft, and the cross-drilled hole accepts a bronze
cotter key to keep the nut from unscrewing.
The upper one appears to be incomplete. It has the key, but
does not appear to have the taper and certainly does not have
the threaded section. Perhaps the taper and/or thread was
damaged and sawn off in preparation for re-turning it on a lathe
to fit a new propeller.
Normal brass has zinc in it, which dissolved out in water,
especially in salt water, while the bronze specified will last a
long time under water.
1888) An apocothery bottle? For whatever reason, I expect it to
have contained ammonia based on the color.
1889) A pawl which is part of a gripping device. There is a flat
plate approximately tangent to the curve of the toothed section
shown, and the toothed section pivots away from the flat section
when the gripped part is moved from left to right, but pivots
towards it and digs the teeth in when the motion is in the other
direction. Some would have a spring to hold them closed. Some
might have a cable to release the grip. This one looks as
though it is simply counterbalanced so the grip with no motion
will be fairly light.
1890) Hmm ... could this be an anti-vehicular mine? It is buried in
the area where the vehicle is expected, and either pressure on
the ring transmitted via the cross-bars trips the explosive, or
a magnetic sensor telling it that there is a lot of steel or
iron above it.
I've seen equipment designed to bury these in a row, but the
examples were OD in color, not this bright orange/yellow. The
shape and size is about right however.
Now to see what others have suggested.
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No offset blanket, no offset roller. "Offset" printing involves printing
a negative image from a "plate" onto a "web" or "blanket" (often of
rubber), then impressing that rubber sheet against the paper to create
the positive copy. It also usually involves an ink-acceptor "plate"
photo-engraved with the print image - instead of type - that uses water
to repel ink from the areas that shouldn't accept ink.
This press just smunges ink around the spinning inking plate with a
brayer-like inking roller, then the roller transfers it to a frame of
movable type or an etched type plate (or counterfeit bill plate <G>),
which impresses the image directly onto the paper.
We are checking to confirm brass or bronze. The color in the photo is
correct. A bluish gray. The are over 3 1/2 feet long and solid. Very
very heavy. So I doubt they are propeller shafts for any 'small'
You are right. The upper one is incomplete. It appears that the
machined end had been sawed off at one point. There is nothing to
grip on or get any traction on the larger plain end if the intent was
to turn the rods from that end. The rods are tapered: being narrower
in circumfrence on the machined end.
They come from an estate of a 89 year old man who was a former John
Deere and CAT dealer and an ultimate pack rat. We have no clue as to
what the rods usage was or what they belonged to as a machinery part.
Mystery...don't we love it?
Oh...and the printing press is a platen press.....my family was in the
printing business and we used one in a small printing company and
weekly newspaper in the 1950's that my parent's operated.
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