I see now it was actually a US made radio dropped on Vietnam during the war
Probably not crystal as I first supposed since one of the labels on the
switch means "shutdown" (google does not translate the other label)
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always -- because this
thread is cross-posted.
2707) Looking at the clamps at the bottom, I would say that it is
designed to grip a post -- square or round, depending on the
clamp faces, and then to cut away material surrounding the
center, producing a peg on the end. The diameter of the peg is
defined by the hole and the position of the plane blade shown in
"Fig 3" of the drawing.
This example in the photos is missing the clamp frame which
slides over the bottom.
Probably for making cross-bars for chairs and the like.
I'm not quite sure what the clamp at the top is for. Perhaps
for holding an alternate cutter -- or perhaps for holding a
container of glue if it is to applied immediately to the peg.
2708) An unusually tall hydraulic jack, with what looks like a safety
sleeve (the half-cylinder with the teeth) to hold it at a given
height even if the hydraulics leak.
Given the height, I suspect that it was for something like
supporting a house while posts are replaced. Is that height as
photographed, collapsed, or fully extended?
I would like to see a side photograph of the details of how the
teeth lock onto the housing. I expect that to be near the
bottom of the teeth as photographed.
Anyway -- to deal with the "how it worked" question mentioned,
like all common hydraulic jacks, it is elevated by a pipe stuck
into the socket on the bottom, and it is lowered by slipping the
pipe over the 'T' just below and to the left of the jack rod
socket. (The rod typically has a pair of slots 180 degrees
apart to slip over the crossbar of the 'T' and to allow turning
Hmm ... maybe for working on the trailer of a tractor-trailer
rig? Either for changing tires at the back, or for lifting it
clear of the "fifth wheel" plate if things are giving problems?
2709) An unusually small wood plane -- likely for cutting grooves in
Since it appears to be made from bent up sheet metal, I suspect
that it is not very precise, and may be for something like
shaving splinters off the corners of boards.
2710) Trigger guard for a firearm -- likely something like a
muzzle-loading flintlock or cap and ball firearm. I guess that
it could even be for something like a crossbow.
It is interesting how this attaches to the stock. Is there
another projection near the front (right) end?
2711) I *think* that this may be a wick holder and adjuster for
something like a kerosene (also called "coal oil") fired water
heater for a tank beside the bathtub. (I grew up with one of
these in South Texas. A very slow way to get hot water for a
Anyway -- the wick was a cylinder, and the height is adjusted
by the knob to the right. The fitting to the lower left is
likely connected by a hose to the tank of kerosene.
Just how big is this device, anyway? The one which I remember
would have been about three to four inches in diameter.
2712) Based on the color, it is some kind of military device (real
I don't recognize the language in the molded markings. Various
punctuation marks, some of which are familiar and some not.
Perhaps something to be left powered by batteries to broadcast
signs of someone going past?
Perhaps something intended to record or broadcast the angle of
tilt around an axis going through the center of the round ridge?
More views would help (maybe).
Now to post and then see what others have suggested.
always -- because this
thread is cross-posted.}
You may as well stop stating this, Don, it makes
sense at all because you have cross-posted it too!
It makes no difference in what group you read it,
one can tell which group you posted it from....
no one really cares.
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