I just changed my answer for the germination trays to read:
These are vintage germination trays for testing corn kernels. Each farmer
saved some of the best ears at harvest time for next year's seed. Up to 10
kernels were removed from each ear and along with a damp piece of cloth one
kernel was placed into each of the small pockets (notice 10 pockets per
board). These kernels were kept damp and warm until they germinated.
Probably any ear that had less than 90% germination was sent back to the
crib to be livestock food. Those ears that had 90% and above were shelled
and this was the seed he planted. The kernels with sprouts that came out of
the trays were fed to the chickens.
I knew the trays were for starting seeds but didn't realize they were used
just for testing, one of my friends who was a farmer sent me the correct
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always:
2167) Two likely choices:
1) Lock for an old rotary phone dial to prevent
unauthorized outgoing calls.
2) Trigger lock for a firearm. (Much less likely.)
2168) The handle of a wire-wrap gun -- missing the bit, and the
chuck which should be on the upper-right-hand end to accept
The bit is two pieces.
A thin rod with a hole a little off center in the end, and
a long groove the diameter of the wire (30 gauge). There is
usually a wider section of the groove near the tip to accept a
bit of wire insulation, to start the wrap with a strain relief.
And -- an outer sleeve, which holds the wire in the slot, and
acts as a bearing.
Likely brand on the label missing from the area near the
upper-right-hand (with a screw end visible in the triangular
area) would be Gardnier Denver (sp?) -- though others made
similar tools once the patent expired.
2169) This looks like a somewhat modified (e.g. the cross bar in
the second photo air bearing spindle for an end-mill sharpening
fixture. One angle is adjusted by the double hockey puck
assembly where it mounts to the grinder's table. Another angle
and the height by the nut around the air hose fitting.
There is a spindle missing which goes in the bronze sleeve. Air
is fed to the fitting, and this causes the spindle to float away
from contact with the bronze sleeve, allowing it to move with
very little friction.
Also missing is the tool and cutter grinder to which it normally
2170) Set-top control box for an antenna rotator -- back before
everything came via cable. :-) The giveaway is the compass
directions marked on the dial. Note that North is at both ends,
marking the limits of rotation of the antenna. (You don't want
to wind up the antenna cable around the pole. :-)
2171) A really puzzling one. (The only one in this week's set about
which I really don't have a clue.)
I can't tell about the end of the "grip", but it sort of looks
like that was made from a single piece of fairly narrow steel
strap, folded at the end after being half-circle curved.
Maybe it makes a noise when the trigger is pulled. An
alternative, for which I can't see any reall support, would be
as a flint striker for lighting gas torches (oxy-acetylene for
2172) This looks like it is designed to hold a set of collets for some
machine tool. But it could be a bunch of other things as well.
I guess that it could even hold eggs on end. 100 of them. But
I would expect the holes to be beveled to provide a softer
contact surface to the eggs.
Now to see what others have suggested.
Haven't been able to confirm any of the guesses for the machine shop device
but the rest of them have been answered correctly, check out the link below
for the answers along with a video and some links:
2167. This is a lock for an old telephone dial, a photo of one locked onto a
dial can be seen here, although it should be attached to the first hole, not
here in OZ, we had the telephone dial and the lock was put in the last hole
"0", for that way, anyone could use the phone for local calls, but for
interstate calls, the number would be preceded with the "0", thus no
interstate calls could be made on the boss's time and telephone, and as we
all know, the interstate calls cost an arm and a leg as they were connected
manually by a telephonist.
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