I've been working on a new page that shows most of the hammers that I've
posted on my site, I'll post a link either tonight or tomorrow when I get it
finished; this week's set can be seen here:
1257 - Obviously some manner of trimmer, operating on the principle of a
plane. Possibly this is used to even up the pages of a signature (or
few signatures) when bookbinding?
1258 - One of the above-mentioned hammers. The end with the split
presumably has some specialized application that I can't cipher out at
the moment. Perhaps this is used for upholstering?
1259 - Maybe a piece of sailboat rigging?
1260 - A friction gate latch? The gate could be opened either
direction, but must be moved towards the right a bit before it can be
swung to the left. Resetting it might be a bit of a pain, though, as it
would probably tend to swing either too far or not far enough to catch
properly. (The inscription seems to read "COMPOUND ....." which doesn't
sound too likely for a gate latch.)
1261 - Measurer for something? No real ideas here, I'm afraid. It
appears to be cast in bronze or brass or some similar alloy; with the
metal handle, it wouldn't be too handy for heating and melting
something, as the handle would quickly get too hot to comfortably
handle. The cross-hatched surface could be used in pounding, but why
make the body hollow in that case?
1262 - It's a pointy stick; perhaps used with edge-punched card filing
systems ("McBee cards" or similar).
Now to see other guesses...
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1260 - Compound trigger for a double barrelled weapon (since there are
a pair of them). The front trigger preps the mechanism, making the
rear trigger operate with very little pressure. (Think single action
pistol, but cocking the hammer done with the front trigger.)
1257. This looks like a bench mounted Spill Plane - used to make
spills which are then used to transfer fire from the hearth to a candle.
O.K. Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1257) This looks like a plane for the edge of a plank or perhaps
a door (cabinet door, perhaps)? Looks as though it mounts
on the benchtop and the board/door is slid along it.
1258) Looks like a wedge which is driven in to pull something like
1259) I think that this is for securing a large dog in the yard.
The swivel keeps him from winding up the chain around the peg.
1260) A spring catch for a cabinet door perhaps?
1261) Perhaps a ladle for lead? The inside looks smooth enough
so I think that you could flip it over and hit it on something
to dislodge the cooled lead for storage.
1262) A wooden version of a "fid" for working rope -- making
eyes and splices perhaps?
Though a longer taper would be better for that.
Certainly too small for a belaying pin.
Now to see what others have said.
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1257. interesting, ya learn something new every day. (make shavings for
lighting a fire.)
1258. looks like a tack hammer but isn't the slot oriented 90 degrees and
the magnetic head smaller in a tack hammer? almost as if this is for
putting in staples?
1259. i thought this one was for hammering into and hauling logs out of the
woods using horses or mules.
1260. this almost reminds me of the device on extension ladders, but this
obviously is too small for using with a ladder. what is like a ladder but
much smaller? if it's only 7 7/8" long, that hook for grabbing a rung is
pretty darn small, less than an inch. a steel ladder? fire escape ladder?
1261. my first thought was that cold water or ice was put in the cup to
make it cold, for beating... what? pastry? does beef need to be cold when
it's pounded flat? i think i did see some cooking show where they said the
fat in beef gets sticky if you're working it in a too warm environment.
1262. looks like it's made of wood, but could that be paint or some other
coating? no idea.
1260 I wonder if it is possible that this is some sort of pocket-door latch.
If one of these faces another, upside down, then the trigger shaped piece
may force the hook shaped pieces to engage as the pocket-doors close, with
the trigger shaped piece moving to its dotted position.
While I suggest this possibility, I don't really beliveve it. In the patent
drawing, it is expected that the parts serve a function. I can't see what
notch (34) does.
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