I'm sure it could have been used on a steam engine, someone told me they saw
one in a fire museum where it was used with an old steam pumper, but with a
patent date of 1938 it was invented after steam pumpers were no longer in
Coal ashes are not like wood ashes.
While there may be variations, depending on the coal variety and size, in
general, coal ash is very unpleasant glassy, gritty, dirty, heavy clinker.
The impurities in the coal melt to a glassy slag, that fizzes, bubbles and
breaks into small sharp-edged pieces.
We had a stoker furnace. It had augers that took the ashes out of the
furnace. The ashes would go up and into garbage cans that we would
take out and dump on the ash pile. So there was no need to shovel out
the furnace manually.
Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1903) I believe that I've seen something like this used to crank
awnings out and in at stores. Built around an old brace for a
"brace and bit" style drill set. I don't think that the gearbox
as shown is large enough to handle the torque needed to drive
the usual drill bit which would be used.
I would be interested in seeing more detail for the "chuck" end,
which I suspect slides onto and off of the awning crank fitting.
1904) This is a burner for a gas stove. Made of cast iron, and the
flames float just far enough above so the paint is not scorched
1905) Hmm ... if stainless steel, it could be for hanging beef jerkey
If not stainless steel, then it could be for stretching fabric
as it dries.
1906) My guess here is that it is for either shoveling coal into
a running fire (perhaps for a locomotive steam engine), or for
shoveling out hot embers and ash for shutting down such a fire.
1907) For smoke curing meat?
1908) Looks like a one-way clutch for some kind of flat belt.
The belt pulled in the direction of the handle will move fairly
freely, but pulled in the opposite direction, it will grip. Not
very strongly, based on the size of the spring, but it will grip
Of course, if that is not a spring, perhaps it depends on hand
power to clamp -- perhaps by bending it into the sharp step on
the opposite end from the handle and taper.
Now to see what others have suggested.
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1903 - Hand drill, the handle folds down?
1904 - part of an automated bell gong?
1905 - Tie Rack, (except for those sharp points?)
1906 - Flower / Tree planting shovel?
Or used to dig holes for feet to walk in the side of a hill?
1907 - grain / corn storage / driers
1908 - some type of paint brush?
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