1417 The Polaroid scope camera is/was a common item.
1419 Guess... Toasters.
1420 Guess... Hydraulic, radial flow power turbine. Water flows inward,
between the adjustable stator vanes, and turns an unseen rotor, providing
mechanical power to a vertical output shaft.
1418, Looks like it is to be assembled or disassembled in a void, like a
casting pattern, but not sure why it has a cutting blade.
1419, postal scale?
1422, 90 degree gear drive?
Hey Rob, Thanks for doing these, i look forward to it every week. I have
been playing "what the heck is that" with my Dad and Uncles all my life, and
thought i was good at it until you came along.
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Well, let's see...
1417 - This is rather clearly an optical device, or a portion of one.
The upper scoop thing seems to be where a user would peer in, while the
straight-through section is where the actual "stuff" happens. It's not
at all clear to me, though, whether the straight through section is
designed to project or to record an image. My hunch is record, so this
would then be some sort of specialized camera, possibly for arial
surveys or for industrial inspections.
1418 - It would seem that you clamp this around something, and twist the
blade to cut. I'll guess what gets cut is the insulation around
relatively large electrical wires--a wire stripper.
1419 - Ye Olde toaster collectionne.
1420 - A turbine of some sort. I'd guess the working fluid is liquid
water. The mechanism at the top opens and shuts the peripheral vanes,
which controls how much water flows and hence how much power is
generated. It would presumably be hooked up to a flyball governor or
1421 - Hand-forged cultivator? but that seems to simple....
1422 - A gas pressure regulator, probably for municipal illuminating gas.
Now to see other people's thoughts.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
1420 looks like a burner and air register assembly for a forced draft double
I crawled through the opening into the furnace more times than I care to
remember to clean firesides during my misspent youth in the Navy.
My best and worse guesses ...
1417: Accessory for a Beseler photo enlarger.
1418: Old time fat pencil sharpener.
1419: Toasters for the fireplace.
1420: Water control valve. (hydroelectric?)
1421: Hand hay bale fork. (Neaderthal backscratcher)
1422: Electric power distribution transformer.
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