2700. In Aussie parlance, a "Binder". Tractor towed machine for making
sheaves of hay. Mower fitting (forks and cutter blade/s) low and at
front. Hay is cut by blades and swept onto canvas carrier by the rotating
windmill (acts like harvester; not a header). Hay is combined into
sheaves, tied (bound with string) and dropped out the back of machine.
2699. Given 2700 has a farming emphasis, could this be a bag needle for
sewing wheat or more likely chaff, bags? (assuming flattened right hand
end has slot cut in it for string)
2695 no clue
2696 ash collector for cigar smokers? Helps keep them from inhaling ash.
Yeah, yeah, that's wrong. But, might seem funny to some.
2697 no clue
2698 early carpet stretcher. "Knee kicker".
2699, can't see very well.
2700, Orville and Wilbur Wright's first air plane. That, or some kind of
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I need some help with the second item this week:
2697 - Since it is displayed on a glass pane, I'll guess it is some sort of tool
used for cutting, marking or etching glass.... something associated with
glass.... tool for applying bevel/profile of putty on framed glass.
Pulled by horse or tractor would cut and bundle grain. Some poor slob
(me) would walk behind and gather 6 bundles, lean pairs together like an
a-frame (a shock) (capping with a seventh bundle if rain is expected). A
later, another poor slob (me, again) goes around and forks the dried
a wagon which carried them to the center of the field where the threshing
machine had been set up.
Hot, dusty, dirty, hard work.
This binder currently has the transport wheelset. On the end of the
head, in the second picture, you can just see the wheel used when the
is cutting grain.
O.K. I'm coming in late (and not sure how long I'll be able to
read responses, with Sandy headed just a little North of us based on the
latest predictions -- and they're talking about long power outages.
And posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
However, I now have a guess for # 2696
Given the wire grid in the bottom, and the vent pipes on the
sides, I find myself thinking of it as being for lost-wax casting. A
master of the workpiece is made in wax. It is sometimes then coated
with a refractory material which hardens and holds the surface texture,
then perhaps packed in prepared sand for support -- or perhaps the wax
is just packed in prepared sand if surface finish is not important, then
it is baked to melt out the wax and harden the coating if present, and
once that is done, the molten metal is poured in. Once it hardens, it
is removed from the box and the sand (and possible coating) are broken
The baking out of the wax is a possible explanation for the
black stains on the top.
It does not look like the usual two-part flask for straight sand
casting, but it may work for lost-wax casting.
Oh yes -- also some approaches make the master of styrofoam
instead of wax, and burn that out.
The pipes to the side both carry out the smoke, and possibly
also can serve for lifting it while it is hot.
I don't know if it's the correct answer or not but it certainly sounds
plausible, I'll send it on to the owner of the device along with some of the
other suggestions. Good luck with the storm, hope it's not as bad as they
say it could be.
Hadn't seen this week's entries...
The old twine binders are a real memory walk--those guys had it pretty
easy w/ oats! :) You ain't thrown a bundle until shocking feed (sudan
or other sorghum) bundled green at 6-ft or taller! Then, during the
winter to go and pick 'em up out of the shocks to bring to house to the
stationary chopper when full of dirt and perhaps snow is a second treat...
Any chance of telling what the type of ash in the metal box is? I
wonder if being in coal country it's possible they're a quick'n dirty
method to burn a coal sample for ash content????
It appears they were made to scrape cups about an inch deep and .75 -
1.5 inches in diameter, with center holes in the bottom.
I think perhaps traditional Inuit lamps used candles of animal fat,
which is probably softer than our wax. These tools may have been to
clean a lamp so a new candle would fit.
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