1007 Gunpowder proof tester... Load and touch off, indicator shows quality
1008 ? Some form of climbing kit. (tree or telephone pole)
1009, 1012 ? Astrological instruments. They include sundials, but it isn't
likely that other objects could cast usable shadows, so the other
gnomon-like objects must have other functions, such as impressing the
1011 Ckearly a press... but... lacking parts that would make it a printing
press, lacking drain passages that would make it a fruit or olive press.
Perhaps some sort of embossing press.
1007 - an eprouvete, or black powder tester. A known quantity is fired
off and the dial records the strength of it.
This one's intended for measuring the strength of black powder and is
ignited with a slow match. It probably came from a powder mill. The
more common sort with a carefully constructed and semi-calibrated lock
is intended for measuring the ease of ignition. They were used for
testing old powder in storage, to check it still worked.
1008 - Linesman's pole climbing spurs
1009 - pretentious sundial. Although it doesn't actually appear that
useful, it seems to incorporate all the various sorts of sundial
1012 - more useful sundial. The various faces mean that you can
(usually) get a "clear signal" at any time of day or year.
1010 - Stanley collectors' hammer. By this time they'd given up making
the useful tools, as they'd realised that if fools would pay $500 for
a #102, then they'd buy this piece of junk. Only three were ever made
and they sell for $1000s.
1011 - bookbinder's press, with quick toggle action for rapid use.
People round here who use the slow screw-only sort would kill for one
I've heard them called "letter presses".
IIRC they predated carbon paper. You'd handwrite something with a pen
and slow drying ink on some kind of porous paper and then use that press
to squeeze the wet copy against a blank page.
I'm not sure how the "mirror image" thing was handled, maybe the
receiving paper was very thin and you read "through" it. Anyone know the
answer to that?
Don't know if this is a copy press or a bookmaker's press. A "letter press"
usually refers to a press with movable type. I believe that the receiving
paper was very thin and you read "through" it. A web site with more info:
Thanks for the link in which those presses seem to be most frequently
called "Letter Copying Presses", but I'll agree that "Letter Press" is
more often associated with a movable type press.
I was fascinated to learn that they could use a stack of sheets of
receiving paper to copy onto (20 sheets was mentioned.) and the wet ink
penetrated through all of them at once to create multiple copies of the
1007 Photogrpher's flash gun
1008 Lineman's pole climbing gear
1009 Inter-space-time navigational device for finding one's way
through "The Twilight Zone"......eh....donno
1010 A hammer
1011 Printing press
1012 Time-space warp generator for entering "The Twilight
Sorry about the mis-post..hit the wrong button.
1010--Stanley _OA_ could be one of the following:
BOAT COAL COAT COAX FOAL FOAM GOAD GOAL GOAT HOAX LOAD LOAF LOAM LOAN MOAN
ROAD ROAR SOAP TOAD.
So it could be to coax a goat or a foal, as with a goad. It may not be
real--it may be a hoax.
I think it is for breaking up lumps of coal in a boat.
"E Z Peaces" wrote: So you get her a coal hammer and teach her to hold it:
Dear EZ: The picture in the above link has an amazing similarity to one
that I put together as an exercise, using Photoshop Elements. I would love
to for you to see it, but your e-mail address is "invalid." If you will
send me an e-mail with address, I will send it to you.
Gunpowder testing tool. Put a uniform volume of powder and patch in the
little barrel, flash it and see how far it turned the wheel. Sounds good
Very Bogus Climbing Spikes.
Astronomical tool. Second guess, old German silver and brass thing.
Third guess, astrological tool.
I'm a little late with this one, but still posting from
1007) O.K. -- First off it looks to me as though the flat spring
is incorrectly positioned. I think that it should be contacting
the teeth closer to the bottom of the post.
Anyway -- I *think* that it is a test device for the quality of
gunpowder (the old black powder, not modern smokeless powders).
As I see it, you depress the spring towards the stock, rotate
the disk with the cover plate to clear the vertical barrel, fill
it with a pre-measured amount of powder, add a little in the
tiny bowl adjacent to the hole going into the barrel, close the
lid over it, and holding it at arm's length, reach out with a
"slow match" to the bowl and light the powder.
This will blow the lid upwards against the ratchet, and you can
measure the quality of the powder by how high a number you reach
(read either at the spring, or by the post.)
1008) This looks like something which I have read about used as
punishment in the prison colony days of Australia. The ring was
mounted around someone's neck, clamped to a bar, and strapped to
an upright so they could not sleep without the spikes sticking
into their neck.
1009) An intersting device. Part of it appears to be a sundial,
complete with compass for proper orientation.
I think that the rest of it is used for determining latitude
based on where shadows of the spikes intersect the curved lines.
1010) At a first guess, it is a hammer for chipping away slag from
1011) Looks like a bookbinding press to me. The wheel and leadscrew
adjust the final thickness, while the hand lever uses compound
leverage to reach a high compression force.
1012) Another form of navigational instrument, similar in function to
the one in (1009) above. Some of the spikes (on both) may be
for sightings on various stars in selected constellations.
Now to see what others have guessed.
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I don't have any more information on them but I'll ask the owner and will
post his reply if he knows more about them.
Somehow I posted the answer link to the wrong thread, it's below if anyone
hasn't seen it.
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