Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
2443) Quite old, based on the decorative design.
It almost looks like an early version of the drill press
adaptors for electric hand drills, except that it looks too old
Perhaps for holding a brace and bit perpendicular, except that
it would require conscious pressing of the chuck area against
the 'U' on the top.
But almost any use which I can think of does not explain why it
comes in near one end of the egg-shaped cavity instead of in the
middle where it is deeper (unless it is for drilling holes in
the ends of an elliptical plaque for screws to affix it to
something) -- perhaps a license for a taxi or a plaque showing
that the owners of the house have contributed the proper
donation to the fire department (sort of a private enterprise in
those days, not a tax-supported activity.)
Even a semi automated mortar and pestle holder/guide would want
to hit somewhere other than at the end as this one does.
2444) Output former for an early pasta maker? But why so thick for
the holes to pass through?
2445) For repetitive cutting of something to a preset length (set by
the J-shaped object with the knurled thumbscrew to lock it in
At a guess, the thing which is cut is something like a small
angle iron (and thin metal -- perhaps like a tin can).
Hmm ... another look suggests that it is for cutting through the
insulation on electrical wire, forming a cut through the
insulation so it can be bent a bit and then pulled off.
2446) A pure guess, but something to recycle the oil from salads.
2447) Each wire bail on an end pulls over the other side and snaps
there to hold that end closed.
Fairly old, since it is tin plated steel not plastic as it would
No clue what it holds. If it were a little newer, perhaps a
stack of 45 RPM recordings, but too old for that.
Perhaps for transporting plates as used by a caterer?
2448) Too short to be a walking stick. Too long for many other
things, including a seal for wax seals on documents. Unless it
also had ceremonial significance.
Now to post and check what others have suggested.
2446 - tooth pick holder?
2448 - Guess - Looks like some kind of tamp or compactor on one end.
The other end would be used to wedge, manipulate or align whatever is
to be tamped or compacted. Some kind of chinking tool. The flat end
would be used to wedge the packing into a crevice and the flat end is
hammered, driving the packing deeper into the crevice.
I agree that it's some type of tamper, hard to say exactly for what.
I'm only 100% sure about three of them this week, but think we are close on
some of the others, just lacking in specifics. My answers for this set can
be seen here:
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