896 ignition mechanism for some kind of gun? hmmm, the needle inside looks
not sharp enough for this.
897 funny thing used for itchy and scratchy moovies
898 a "keyhole protector" to prevent the key from beeing inserted (so
inhibits opening the lock and the door)
899 a tool for marking swiss property (ehm, just joking)
900 funny thing, not known to be used in itchy and scratchi moovies
901 a bottle holder?
greetings from germany
896: penlight, missing the light
898: It's a key! No, it's a valve! No, it's a key!
899: Hammer used to make plus-shaped indentations in wood
900: Bucket spreader, for re-forming buckets which have been partly crushed.
901: Decorative border tile
There's no such thing as a free lunch, but certain accounting practices can
result in a fully-depreciated one.
It looks like a guide for forming something around a hole.
Dropping a 6" piece of 2" pipe over the fingers would keep it from it
from collapsing while in use. The ring is not for a rope but a handle
that the pipe can be slid over.
The ring around the top would hold a weight such as a 50-pound concrete
slab to keep the form from bring moved.
It could be for a mason who has to stack bricks around a circular hole.
It think it's for casting a concrete slab with a hole. This device
would serve to brace curved plates or a ring. With plates, concrete
poured 10" deep in one pour might exert 600 pounds on each of the three
A continuous ring might better stand the pressure of the concrete,
transmitting less force to the brace. I wonder if it's for use inside a
plastic bucket. Being tapered, the bucket could be withdrawn easily
after the brace was removed. Bottomless, the bucket could be left in
the concrete as a liner.
I'm getting at it late, but I'll take my guesses before reading
the answer page.
posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as usual.
896) I've seen two items like this. One was older and was
a "pen gun". The sliding spring-loaded weight fired
a 22LR cartridge. The back of the cartridge (which was in a
screw-in holder) rested against a steel pin across the center,
and the firing pin was offset to one side. (I saw this in the
early 1960s in Ecuador.)
This one is obviously not what we are dealing with here, because
the firing pin is on center, and there ia a machined and screw
in breech-plate to support base of the cartridge.
The other one is a tear-gas gun. It either has a screw-in
cartridge containing a tear-gas charge, or it has a screw-in
sleeve which holds a .38 caliber tear gas cartridge.
897) This one is purely a guess. I think that it is for cutting
leather belting square to be laced or glued into a loop for
driving machine tools.
898) The "key" part is purely decorative or intended to confuse
I think that it is designed for starting fires by the fire
piston technique. Tender is put inside, the plunger is
depressed quickly, heating the air and lighting the tender.
Then the end plug is quickly unscrewed and the embers are blown
to life and used to light a serious fire.
899) I think that it is some form of stone dressing hammer.
900) This looks as though it is used to remove mud at the bottom of
a well. You drop it, and the three blades dig in, then you pull
up on a rope attached to the eye, and the blades angle to join
at their tips, and hold the mud (or rubble), and it is lifted by
Perhaps it is for something a bit less tough -- perhaps for
withdrawing grain from a deep bin?
901) This I thinks supports a cylindrical stone or ceramic object
which turns in water, carrying some up to wet the glue on paper
sealing tape. It is part of a device for dispensing the tape.
Now to see what others have guessed -- and what the answers
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