3038 The structure sort-of looks like a sleeve gun. A quick-draw
holdout pistol that is hidden in a sleeve and somehow is spring pushed
into someone's hand. But, there are several features that make me
wonder if this is possible... It is kinda long, I don't see mounting
facilities, and there would seem to be a good chance of it self cocking
and firing if the pistol were pushed out of a sleeve.
On 11/29/2013 5:15 AM, Rob H. wrote:
This was on display in a glass case, I shot the photo but didn't measure it. I
guessed at its length but I think I over estimated, so it's probably at least a
few inches shorter. I think it's probably missing a mounting strap or two.
Possibly, but most likely no one was really concerned about misfires with this
If you haven't found it already, these pictures of the slide mechanism
for the old Wild Wild West Show may be of interest:
Posting from my desk top PC in the living room, as always.
3037. This is a part of an exercise device for English
Boxer dogs. The dog sits on the wide end, and the metal
screw on the end is used to connect to an oscillating
3038, this is a reflection of a flash camera. The metal
thing looks like a buggy spring from the horse carriage
3039, this is a Korean Kim-Chee pot. Used by midgit
3040, poker chip holder for old time poker players.
3041, farmer's hay sampler. The combination of knife and
fork allows the farmer to take a sample out of a hay bale,
to take to Agway for moisture content sampling.
3042, type setters hammers. Used to adjust the lead spacing
bars used in type frames.
Orange: Orange you glad I didn't say "no clue" again?
Here's another one that someone sent in that I'm not planning to post, looks
it might be for a key chain. Is it just for advertising, or does it have a
purpose, maybe for opening paint cans or creasing wall paper?
3038 just has to be one of those spring-loaded rigs which help a gambler
(or potential muggee :-)) produce a Derringer apparently from thin air.
It attaches to the wrist and forearm, and some particular hand movement
causes the mechanism to pop out, placing the gun in the gambler's (or
potential mugee's) hand.
3042 look like some kind of panel pin hammers, the small end being used
to drive pins into the deep parts of various mouldings where the round
end could never go.
"I am not made like anyone I have seen; I dare believe I am not made
like anyone in existence. If I am not better, at least I am different."
I'm not a wood person. I was struck by the interesting grain pattern,
and also thought there might be an issue with grain direction...
I suspect there is more to the story.
Is there someone out there who can identify the type of wood and
enlighten us on the grain direction?
On 11/29/2013 2:47 PM, Artemus wrote:
Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
3037) I see this as used to indicate the heeling tiling to one
side or the other) of a sailboat. Put the bent nail in a notch,
and the black end will point to a scale indicating the angle.
3038) Quite illegal to use (in the USA, at least), and it looks to
have been made too recently, given the clear plastic which
appears to be part of it.
A "spring gun" -- a trap intended to shoot a poacher or a
burglar. In this case, I think burglar. Not enough of it is
shown to show the details of the triggering mechanism. but the
Derringer is triggered by some motion of the box (e.g. trying to
steal it), or by tripping over a wire run into the box from the
path which a poacher would take.
It appears to have a spring system to accommodate the recoil of
the Derringer. A Derringer normally has two shots before
reloading (you can see the two barrels, one above the other), so
I wonder whether the recoil mechanism may be part of a system
for automatically re-cocking it to allow a second shot after the
first is fired.
Normally, it would be closed (more wood) to make it look like
something harmless, and perhaps worth stealing.
Or -- it it possible that it is a hidden weapon tucked up the
sleeve, and a certain motion of the hand causes it to be
extended into the grip of the owner. In that case, the glass or
plastic is not part of the device, and is just storage for it,
and likely for powder, caps, and bullets.
3039) Looks like an electrical insulator -- likely for a fairly low
voltage outdoors power line.
Is the hole through, or blind? If through, I would expect the
unglazed part to be down.
3040) Hmm ... the reservoir suggests that it is intended to keep
something warm, but the construction of copper says that it is
not going to work for very long -- too much thermal
The slots suggest that airflow is needed, so it is perhaps for
transporting small live critters -- mice, baby chicks, or
No lid -- perhaps it is to rest over a double row of sprouts,
and the warmth is still needed?
3041) Part of it looks like something for killing moles or some other
subterranean critters. not sure what function the open scoop
3042) Pretty handles. Unusual that the handles are so square.
No fork in the projection, so it serves as some form of wedge,
perhaps for opening a box -- perhaps not.
Now to post and then see what others have suggested.
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