The points -- if the only contact surfaces -- would seriously
reduce the transfer of heat to the rest of the tool.
Those look like they are intended to grip and turn something
-- perhaps a bottle cap, or some thing similar. If they are ice tongs
(for medium small ice cubes, not the full 25-pound blocks), then the
part near the handles could be for opening beverage bottles.
If you go far enough back, you did not find screw-on filters as
you do today. Instead, there was a cartridge, or sometimes even just a
pleated thing of felt reinforced with wire screening (e.g. my '57 and
'61 MGAs), which fit inside a long dome with a through bolt holding it
all in place and sealed.
Here is an ad for one of the cartridge style filters from an old
Popular Mechanics magazine -- bottom left-hand side of page:
Assuming this URL is still good after I log out. It is page 246 of the
November 1952 issue if you need to search it down.
Anyway -- this tool would not be used for that -- and it looks a
lot older than modern filters -- nor would it really get a good grip on
them -- the tools made for the purpose expect regular indentations to
Maybe it's the other way, hot things.
My dad was a machinist, tool and die maker and I remember seeing a set of
those, pretty sure he just called them tongs.
When they used to make prototypes, gears mostly, if they needed to harden
the steel they were made of, they used like torch them, red hot then plummet
them into an oil bath.
I don't know if it has an offical name but I'm pretty sure it was for that
line of work and dunking red hot things into oil baths.
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
2263) To keep either water or foodstuffs warm.
2264) Throwing (toma)hawks?
2265) This looks to me like the worm part of a steering
worm and sector gear.
2266) Perhaps a semi-portable water distillation setup?
Looks as though the level is to make sure that the condensate
runs to toe collector not back to the boiler.
2267) Either for picking up a hot vessel by the neck, or
for picking up ice. Probably the latter. Maybe even for *dry*
2268) This one is quite clear to me -- though the line is rather
short for normal use.
It is a "ship's log" -- used for measuring speed through the
water. The part on the left is trailed behind the ship, and the
dial, hooked to the transom or someplace similar, indicates how
many turns the towed finned object turns in a given period of
time. It can give either speed (distance over a measured time)
or overall distance travelled, if the dials can accumulate
enough turn counts. Looks like not a high enough count for a
total distance travelled application, so go for the distance
over a measured time.
Now to post and see what others have suggested.
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