1946 This looks like a common, well-worn, butcher block. (For people who
have never seen a butcher cut up meat... this is the table he uses.)
1947 I'll guess this is the rag used to clean the lenses in a United States
Light House Ship.
1949 Chamfering tool. Used in a brace to put a diagonal chamfer on the end
of a cylindrical piece of wood.
1950 OK, I'll bite... What is special, or unusual about these sickles?
This answer is correct although the last word in the acronym isn't ship.
Nothing really special about them, several people had mentioned to me that
they look at the web site with their grade school aged kids, so I thought
I'd post an easier item once in a while that they might be able to answer.
1945 is an insect trap, often designed to catch a specific species
(with a pre-determined scent/bait), in order to determine whether that
species is present in a certain area. I believe that these are for the
Asian ash borers, an invasive species that is destroying all of the
ash trees in the Midwest.
1946 looks like a stand-alone (and well-worn) butcher block, with end-
grain facing up. Why it was varnished is unclear.
1949 could be a crayon or pencil sharpener, although I would say it is
missing the "handle" or the part that would give the user some
leverage in performing the sharpening operation.
1950 is a hand-held scythe, to cut a crop or hay. Whether it was
designed for a specific crop, I don't know.
Yes, it's a butcher block, though I was thinking it was sloped on purpose.
This is the first one that I've seen that didn't have a flat surface, but
I'm not sure if normal wear and tear would cause that much loss of wood.
1946 is a well worn butchers block. My dad had a butcher shop when I was
four years old. He would have me rub salt on it to clean it at night.
That one has many years of use. I would love to have that one.
1945 Insect trap
1946 Butcher block
1947 used to record records for a light house
1948 still condenser
1949 metal funnel, where would it be used? Steam powered car refueling
1950 sickles, for hay, wheat or weeds.
Rob H. wrote:
1945 looks like a BIG Gypsy Moth Trap
1946 is a well-worn butcher's block
1948 looks like an old and weird implementation of a sausage-stuffer
1950 is a pair of Sickles, or "hand scythes" for hand-harvesting grain or
1946. Ye old butcher block table used to cut up a lot of meat. I saw a lot
of them growing up. I wanted to make one but never got around to it.
1950. On half of the symbols used on the old USSR flag. I am not sure if the
russians still use it. Remember the old "hammer and sickle"? And the
symbology/philosophy it represented?
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