442: screw/bolt extractor
443: smithing hammer, for getting into highly raised work
445: marking knife
447: haybale lifter thingy. The lifting point is between the
gear teeth. The lever is the release thingy that would
have a line on it
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Don't think it's a hayhook although I suppose it could have been used as
Can't get much of a feel for the overall size as I have no idea what the
19" dimension is in reference to, but I'm thinking it looks more like a
light logging hook than for hay purposes.
But, hey, who knows what them crazy Canadians did, eh? :)
Heyyyy, I resemble that remark!
I agree, too small for a hay hook, which typically only had one hook
with a T-handle. At least when I loaded hay those many years ago.
Nowadays it's giant round bales and a forklift, except for the local
Mennonites and Amish who still load horse-drawn wagons and loaders with
Logging hooks are not usually big, at least not the handheld ones.
There's a practical limit to how big a log a couple of loggers can lift.
That's a hand hook for bundles or small square/round bales...
A double-hook similar to that shown was used often for loose hay in
lofts, loading/unloading wagons, etc. For that purpose it seems far to
small and I've not seen one w/ the ratchet mechanism, either.
And, of course, don't forget the 40 or 60-ft boom stacker... :)
Here most everbody simply uses a balefork on the tractor for moving just
a few. Almost everybody has gone to the 2T round here as well.
That's why I made my guess...I'm thinking this one might have been used
w/ a team. (But what do I know--ain't no trees within 200 miles of
here... :) )
Regarding 447: Perhaps a clamping hook for pulling roots and smaller
stumps in clearing farm land. Agree that it is much too small and heavy
for a bale-grabber and too small for a loose-fodder fork, which more
typically have an 'armspan' of 6 feet or more.
I'm thinking it was more like a "skidder" hence the latch mechanism?
Doesn't look tough enough to me for rough work such as the stump puller
although that's hard to judge from the picture--if knew how much it
weighed might help to judge.
I agree! Puller for thornbrush, small stumps, etc. we used was more like a
pair of scissors, made of 1/2" thick steel with short chains attached to
handle ends & a ring where you hooked the pull chain.
The greatest headaches are those we cause ourselves.
442. Broken drill bit
443. Sheet metal tool, perhaps. Set the ball end against the piece
being worked and strike the other end of the head with a mallet.
444. I'd guess it clamps to a bench and something gets turned.
Possibly the piece with a longer handle isn't actaually part of it.
445. Used for scribing designs in wood.
446. Defective ice cube tray
447. Part of a crane, used for picking up the new apprentice by the
There's no such thing as a free lunch, but certain accounting practices can
result in a fully-depreciated one.
Haven't been able to confirm what it is, here are the guesses so far:
-static electricity dischargers
-puncture test tool
-grandfather's clock mechanism
-weights for the scales of justice
-for electrical experiments
-tester for finding the hardness of optical pitch
-spindle for paper
-for making indentations in metal
-standard lightning rod balls and needles
-for gravity experiments
But why the nice wood stand?
Maybe a store display for a place which sold such things?
And presented upside down to reduce the chances of ripping someone's
clothes or flesh?
(It's hard for even me to believe what I just wrote.)
Without the spike parts I'd be tempted to say they had something to do
with some very cold weather and two different size metallic monkeys. :-)
OK! You've done it now!
I know this trivia (being in the explosives industry), but most don't.
WHAT does it mean to "freeze the balls off a brass monkey"?
This sort of fits into the "What is it? LXXVII" series.
OK...here's my take on the expression (but I may be wrong....lol).
I grew up in the UK and at one time it was very common to see 'brass
monkeys' sitting either on the mantelpieces above a fireplace or in the
hearth depending on the size. I have seen them range in size from solid
brass ones at about 1" tall to hollow brass ones about 12" tall and they
are always cast as a single piece.
In every example I saw the monkeys are sitting on their haunches, knees
up, and are either sitting in a straight line or in a slight curve. Each
of the monkeys has his hands in a classic pose and they are named
according to that pose. One will have his hands over his eyes and is
known as 'See No Evil', the second will have his hands over his ears and
is known as 'Hear No Evil' while the third has his hands over his mouth
and is known as 'Speak No Evil'. It is my belief that they date
originally from the pre-Victorian era (possibly of Japanese origin)and
represent a lesson in morality i.e. a person of decent morals will
neither see no evil, hear no evil nor speak no evil.
Now, it is very common in the UK for a well known phrase, expression or
myth to become plagiarized and develop a whole new meaning. It is quite
possible that this has happened in this case. If you consider the
sitting positions of the monkeys their testicles would have been in
contact with, or very close to, the ground (if they were sitting outside
on the ground of course). In very cold weather that would have left them
frozen (possibly to the ground)and if the monkeys were to stand up they
could have left their testicles behind. Hence the phrase 'Cold enough to
freeze the balls off a brass monkey'.
Some examples of the monkeys can be found in the links below (some of
which also point to a Japanese origin).
The story I've heard is that it refers (in some way I could never
figure) to cannonballs and powder monkeys on Naval ships.
I don't believe this though ... it has a certain aura of
implausibility to it, and just *feels* like a back-formation.
I've certainly never seen convinving evidence of it.
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