1160 is intended to push down with the center part, while pulling up with
the two outer nibs. If the center "pusher" is round, it is for pulling off
clock hands or gauge pointers. If the pusher is flat (it's hard to tell in
the photo) it's a screwdriver that holds the screw head.
Rather a varied group this time. All rather wild guesses...
1160 -- I assume the reverse side of this is very similar to this side,
otherwise it would have been shown. The side thumbscrew obviously
adjusts the two side pinchers somewhat, and the top one presumably moves
the inner plunger up and down. Is this perhaps a jewel setter for
putting jewel bearings in watches or clocks?
1161 -- Presumably this is a part to some larger construction. The logo
on the back appears to say GJG Model PDC04; there are several GJG
companies, but the one that seems most likely is GJG Electronics Ltd,
which makes scoreboards, digital temperature measurement systems, and
some other products. I suspect this may be a sensor for one of their
products, either a temperature sensor or a scoring or other sensor for
use with a scoreboard.
1162 -- This seems to be intended to hold a card at a calibrated angle
and azimuth. Based on the non-linear and somewhat arbitrary appearing
index lines, I suspect it may be used to sketch certain perspectives,
possibly for surveying maps or for scaling images in different ways.
1163 -- This sure seems like it ought to be familiar, but I cannot place
it. The business end rather obviously fits around shafting or bars
somehow. Maybe this is a prybar for testing crankshaft bearings in
1164 -- Like 1163, I think I've seen something like this before, but no
clue what it is now.
1165 -- This looks rather like an automotive ball joint removal tool.
1166 -- Mallet for carvers who can't make up their mind about what sort
of striking surface to use.
Now to see other guesses....
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
O.K. Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking, as usual.
1160) This looks like a hand puller for watches and perhaps
small clocks. It would also work on dial indicators.
1161) Well ... it *could* be a electromagnet, or a demagnetizing
coil -- perhaps even for use on the burnout device at cash
registers to deactivate the anti-theft device in much of today's
It could also be a transducer like perhaps a tweeter as part of
a speaker setup.
1162) A fixture for holding something (some unknown thing) at a
compound angle. It looks to be marked as 23 and (I think) 12
degrees on one of the scales, but I'm not sure why someone would
want those specific angles. And I can't see enough to tell
whether the vertical angle arc is also marked.
1163) This looks like a tool for pulling stuffing out of packed
grooves, such as the oakum used for waterproofing the seams
in old wooden ships.
1164) Perhaps ice cleats for fitting over the heals on shoes when you
need to walk on icy streets/sidewalks -- or frozen lakes?
1165) Perhaps a wrench for removing and installing cleats on shoes?
1166) Hmm ... the brass tip on the wooden dowel looks as though it
could be used for seating spherical bullets in muzzle loading
firearms, but I'm not quite sure what the function of the brass
part on the larger diameter section might be.
Now to see what others have answered.
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1166) Hmm ... the brass tip on the wooden dowel looks as
Put the chunk of patching cloth across the muzzle. Ball in
the middle, push it in
with the brass part on the larger diameter section. Use you
patch knife to cut the
patch off flush with the muzzle. Use the longer end to push
the patched ball a few inches
down the bore. Finish seating with the ramrod.
1164 is ice cleats for a horse??
I looked at those and thought they may be half crampons for mountain
climbers. But the cleat design was all wrong. It never occured to me that
they may be for a horse.
I wonder how common these things were at one time. I can not imagine they
are used much anymore.
You certainly specialize in the obscure and arcane don't you?
Horse ice cleats occurred to me, but I thought, "Naaa..."
I think the blades on the bottom would soon be as slippery as dull ice
skates. Their depth could make them fragile if the horse stepped on a
rock. I don't see how the three studs on top would help secure them.
Could they be for brief use on a draft horse on soft ground? The
handles look useless. Might a farmer need them to lift a horse's foot?
Do you have evidence that's not clear in the photos? Do the blades form
a box that might be wedged over the end of a rectangular post?
I don't have any evidence, the reason that I say they're horse shoes is
because that's what the owner of them said, he was trying to sell them for
thirty dollars. The only text on them is "pat. pend." and "small", so there
should be a patent on them, but as I mentioned earlier I couldn't find it.
I think that they probably are horse cleats, but not exactly an optimal
design. If anyone can find evidence to the contrary I'd be happy to take a
I didn't buy them so I can't take a close look to see if they form a box or
not. I took
the photos months ago, so I don't have a strong memory of them.
When I get some time I'll take another shot at searching the patents.
Take a look at this patent:
Here is another patent from the same individual, but a bit
earlier edition. Notice how the cleats he designed for
biting into the ground are similar:
Could be wrong, but the first one looks to be pretty darn
That convinces me it was a horse overshoe. That crafty inventor didn't
mention ice or mud!
A wet clay bank can be hard to climb if the clay is firm. I wonder if
the device in the photos was for slick spots like that. I think the
handles would have been detrimental in the long run but might have made
the overshoes easier to put on and remove.
Herman also invented a match safe and a tire chain. Maybe he fashioned
the device and filed for a patent, but it wasn't feasible and no patent
On Sat, 08 Dec 2007 16:03:33 -0500, Bill Rider
I found the patent digging through the source, US Patent
Office website and searching on Class numbers. Sometimes
Google won't get it...
If you look at the first patent the part you are calling a
"handle" was used to hold a strap in place. What Rob took
pictures of seems to have been missing a few parts.
One thing I have learned by pawing through old patents is
that there were an awful lot of items that were never
actually produced. The Patent office doesn't care if
something is practical or not, but rather if it is unique or
novel in design or function...
Well, it wasn't patented in 1914 as a 168/30. I wish I knew what the
I would not call the part in the patent drawing a handle. It's short
and light, as one would expect of something designed to hold a strap
behind a hoof.
So as long as it was filed it should have been granted if it was unique.
Would any additional fee or paperwork have been required of the inventor?
I see it now! Herman lived in or near DC. The War Department was
worried that the cavalry would miss the war. The horses needed cleats
to climb out of the trenches and charge the machine guns. How do you
recruit young men to charge machine guns on horseback? With images of
troopers happily toasting bread over a campfire. So Herman invented a
combination horse overshoe and toaster!
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