O.K. Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1357) Hmm ... maybe seeing the opposite side of a few sample louvers
might give a clue as to the relationship between the sets of
At a guess -- something related to a game of some sort.
1358) Hmm ... some sort of critter trap designed to releas the
critter at the pull of the line.
I've heard of pigeon shoots where you shoot at released
pigeons. Probably something which would be shut down by PETA
1359) No real clue. The shape suggest a shoeshine setup, with the
shoeshine boy sitting on the lower step -- if it is rigid
enough. But there is no discoloration to indicate that it was
actually used for that -- or much of anything.
1360) If it were a single wire (capillary tube) I would consider the
possibility that it would be a temperature sensor which uses
expanding liquid to transfer the measurements to elsewhere.
But this is multi strand wire, and the end opens. It may be for
sampling some kind of mud or muck at the bottom of a well or
1361) Hmm ... a wrench combined with a wedge. Might be for
adjusting the height of a machine tool of some sort.
1362) Looks like a sounding line for measuring the depth of the
water. Normally I would expect a finer line than shown, but the
ties of ribbons around it at intervals may be intended to mark
the minimum safe depth. The wood cross-pin would float pulling
the first length of line vertical. Beyond that -- it depends on
the motion of the ship.
There should be a cavity in the bottom of the weight, to pull up
some samples of the bottom to give the navigator a clue where he
Now to see what others have guessed.
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This weeks' shots in the dark:
1357 - I'd guess some sort of gaming/gambling device, but how it gets
used is a mystery to me. I'd suspect the slats might be able to be
moved about to different positions to vary the game more; that might
also explain the upside-down numbers on the top slat.
1358 - A live trap for a mouse or similar small critter. Pressure on
the base causes the three sides to swing up into a pyramid, capturing
the inmate. (An ancient Egyptian design?)
1359 - Just a guess: a calculator or adding machine?
1360 - Possibly a tester for air in wells or similar deep pits to use
before descending; if a lit candle in the metal case stayed lit after
being lowered, the air didn't contain too much carbon dioxide to
suffocate the descender. No idea why one would need such sturdy wire
rope if that's the case, though.
1361 - Combination of wrench and, ummm, wedge tool thingy. Possibly a
drift of some sort to aid in removing keys holding bits or other
implements in a chuck of some sort, and a wrench to tighten them in
1362 - Sounding line to determine the depth of water from a boat, the
various tied on ribbons indicating various depths in a reasonably
standard (but still mysterious to landlubbers) scheme.
On to other's thoughts....
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