Pushing the paddle one way issues one dash, the other way gives a *series
of* dots, leading to much increased speed over an ordinary key.. The
duration of the dots is established by adjusting weights, moved to the left
or right after loosening the wing nuts. I don't remember *two* weights but
there they seem to be. It's been a while. Usually called a "bug".
and again my silly guesses
1105 morse key?
1116 counting machine
1117 a compass for drafting? ehm, no, looks different
1118 for making cylinders out of wood
1119 no idea
1120 a drill, or a milling machine. silly guess ... bottle opener?
1121 weigth holder for a big pendulum clock, or carrier for gondola lift
greetings from germany
Know a couple this week.
1105 Telegraph key or "bug" Should this be label 1115?
1121 a guess - used as a carrier on a wire to send money to a central
location as in some departmetn stores.
Howard on rcm
On Thu, 18 Oct 2007 12:42:18 -0000, " email@example.com"
actually I believe that it may be a scythe makers stail snaith
that is actually a real name of a real tool.
I've never seen one but it fits the purpose of producing a round
handle of some length for something like a scythe.
1118 is similar to a dowel maker, except they're tapered so oversized
wood can be fed in from the large end and "pencil-sharpenered" down to
the size the tool's made for. I suspect this one isn't meant to move
along the bit of wood, it'll be for making fixed diameter sections on
things - something like tool handle ends or spokes or anything where a
bit of wood has to fit into a drilled hole.
1121 looks like a counterweight for a retracting something - air line,
1120 could undo something more rapidly than a C-spanner would - things
like bomb-fuses etc. but that wouldn't explain why the restricted
number of turns.
1116 counts something in units, tens and hundreds. Perhaps how many
times a drawer has been opened?
1115 Morse key - side-to-side action
1116 Decimal counter. Maybe for counting visitors through a shop door?
1117 Back and forth-flapper. The end #1 looks uncomfortable to hold,
so I guess it was wedged between something. The other end flaps a
clamped rod radially, not axially, so it's not a valve lapper. Other
than that, I'm baffled.
1118 Trapping plane. Definitely not a tenon cutter, the point about
this sort (hinged and with both handles on one side) is that it's
easily variable in diameter. They're usually a chair makers' tool,
used in a lathe to produce spindles with gently varying diameters. You
can't turn long gradually-tapered chairback spindles with a chisel
alone, unless you're a genius. These things make it easy.
1120 Now that one _is_ a valve lapper.
1121 Trolley for supporting a tool (or air line outlet), whilst
allowing it to be moved along the supporting wire?
I'm always late for these, darn it. So I don't read what everybody else
1105. Vibromatic bug. (telegraph key). I used to have one that I think was
older than that. <g>
1118. Tenon cutter for round chair rails and similar.
Fancy telegraph or cw key.
Some sort of progressive counting device.
Valve grinding tool.
Pencil sharpener or dowel cutter.
Another valve grinding tool.
Counterweight for retractable airhose.
1121: America has had air-lines at least as far back as the 1860s,
railroads built to be straight and level. Because it's spelled with a
hyphen, I think it belonged to a railroad.
Photos from other angles would be helpful. There is a lever behind each
wheel. I wonder if the block in the middle is wooden.
The fancy brass may have been to enhance the railroad's image for modern
technology. Maybe it was to hang illumination or a schedule over the
platform without having a post in the way. Maybe it was to tow a mail
bag alongside a train up where somebody aboard could remove it and
attach another. That may have been smoother than carrying bags on and off.
Let's see here...some guesses, some I'm pretty sure I know.
1115 -- repeater style morse code key (probably not the correct name);
pushing the round knob would operate like a traditional code key, but
sideways, while moving the tab the other way produces a sequence of
dits, if my memory isn't playing tricks on me. If not, it's the other
1116 -- this sure looks like a decimal counter mechanism, seemingly
missing some part to advance the leftmost cogwheel one notch at a time.
No idea what it was intended to count, if indeed something particular.
There doesn't seem to be a quick way to reset it, so it's presumably
intended for some permanent application, and with only three digits,
it's not going to count especially frequent events (like turnstile
1117 -- early valve lapping tool, probably for automobile engines.
1118 -- cutter to form dowel rods out of rough-shaped stock; the tool
would seem to be used by holding the handles together and twirling it
around a wooden rod. I'd imagine the blade should be far less exposed,
and possibly flipped with the bevel the other way.
1119 -- crimper for something, I'd guess maybe an electronic connector
of some sort, but the dies don't look at all familiar.
1120 -- Fancy spanner wrench, possibly for watch cases? Quick winder
for some spring-wound machine? Rather a curious contraption.
1121 -- At first, I thought this was a part of a zip line, for
traversing spans hanging from a trolly suspended on a cable, but the
shrouds around the wheels don't permit a horizontal application of this
sort, and the connection at the bottom doesn't look too convenient to
mount a handle or sling onto. It looks like the cable or rope must
enter and leave vertically, and seemingly passes directly across from
the bottom of one pulley wheel to the other (over the reddish block).
This would seem to suggest it's part of some sort of a hoisting system;
and with the "Air-line" name, I'd fancy a pneumatic-powered (freight?)
Now on to other guesses.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
Emanuel Gipe and Charles Hildreth, May 5, 1896. Patent 559,700. It
William Lamson had a small store where he devised a cash carrier in
1881. It took balls to get his idea rolling. In 1882 he founded the
Lamson Cash Carrier Company in Boston. The trolleys said Lamson on one
side and Air-Line on the other. The Southern Pacific used them. So did
Hildreth supervised the machine shop at the Lowell Mill from before 1893
at least until 1902. I guess he moonlighted for Lamson. Gipe lived
in the midwest. I wonder how he came to collaborate.
This film shows one in action.
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