You have the right idea but this one was made to be used with corn husks.
No luck on the two unidentified items but the rest of the answers can be
Everyone seems to agree that 2139 is a handle for a stove plate, and
they're probably right, but to me, who's never owned a cast iron
stove, it looks like a "church key" - a bottle opener. I have owned
bottles...at least temporarily. ;)
Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always:
2137) One of many forms of stakes which are placed in the
hardy hole (the square hole) in an anvil.
2138) Does the back dome invert its curvature and then restore
when released -- often after a delay?
If so -- then it is a variant of a hopping disk -- often it pops
as it is warmed up by resting in a hand.
As for the markings -- they suggest old UK monitory units, 20
shillings 6 pence.
2139) Looks like a removable handle for either a cooking container, or
perhaps a lid for one of the cooking holes in a wood stove.
2140) I don't want to play! :-)
Perhaps for holding one end of some leather as it is being
2141) Skewers for closing an opening in a carcass while it is
being cooked. The skewers go through from side to side,
and a lacing is put over the skewers on either end to draw the
2142) Something for pulling together two objects to close a gap.
Since back then, adhesives were not strong enough, I suspect
that it was inlaid into a recess in the two objects, and then
the center turnbuckle was used to draw the end pieces (and thus
the two objects) closer together.
Now to see what others have suggested.
The anvil is for peining the edge of a sythe, the steel of which are
softer than you would think and are pounded out thin and work hardened
at the same time and then stoned. A thick edge is useless.
Good answer, this is correct.
That's an odd one. I understand the metallurgical reasoning, but I
don't understand the compound curve of the anvil. Wouldn't that tend
to leave a rippled edge? A rippled edge would be bitch to sharpen.
Do you have a patent reference on that one by any chance or a link?
I'd like to read a bit more about it to see how they did it.
Ive used mine and it only ripples a very small amount. In fact the swiss
cythers didnt put a sharpening stone to the edge after swaging it to a
razor edge. the hammer they and I used is a flat head and the small
anvil is domed. you only swage the 1/8thin edge bit of the cythe.
you should be able to replicate the technique with any metal with a
hard faced ball peen hammer gripped in a vice and another hammer to do
Thanks for the link, Leon.
Page 20 says this: "The edge of the blade rests perfectly flat on the
anvil." And it told of tilting the scythe when peening. I can now
see how tilting the scythe's curved blade would eventually find a flat
"plane" on the curved anvil.
While Page 24 has this: "The edges, no longer perfectly straight, have
become a little wavy, showing that the wear and/or sharpening has been
uneven. However, this is acceptable for a scythe, and does not impair
Damn. I knew I should have paid attention in high school hand mowing
class, but I was more interested in checking out the cute girls in my
animal husbandry class. ;)
Yes, girls were a distraction, but there wasn't any classes for stuff
like this during my time in school...
My Dad and Grandfather on my Mother's side were the scythe experts,
especially Grandfather. Sadly he passed away long before I had any
interest in such things. Both of them were still swinging scythes to
mow misc things well into their 80's. I still use Dad's old scythe and
just last year bit the bullet and bought a new one. Wanted one with a
brush blade and aluminum snath. I use mine for rough work, weeds,
briers, small saplings... really works a treat on them. For that type
of work they don't need to be razor sharp. If you plan on cutting stuff
like grass though, you want to have it as sharp as you can make it.
That is when some peening would be in order along with some serious
whetting to touch it up every so often during use.
There are several good websites explaining scythe use too.
I said that in jest. My high school didn't have shop class, or really
anything. Come to think of it, my high school was a jest but I didn't
know it at the time.
You're making it sound fun, and I want to go give it a shot, but as
there's a foot and a half of snow on the ground I think I'll wait. ;)
BTW, thanks for the word "snath". Chalk up another one for the
Scrabble arsenal. I _love_ hearing, "That's not a word!"
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