OK, here we go!
1483: I think its either for holding lab materials (test tubes etc) or
else 16 little shot glasses and four small decanters of whisky.
1484: A throwing blade
1485: Coal tongs? Probably not....
1486: This looks like a tool from the movie industry for triming the
sides of movie reels to a standard width.
1487: OOh, I know this one. Its for aerating the grass on golf greens.
You put these on and walk around the green. I suppose you could ruin
the day of a mole or two along the way....
1488; Hmmm nice one. No idea at all...at first I thought it was some
sort of device for packing the thread tight when weaving, but the
threads throw me off. I look forward to discovering this one.
OK. let the games begin.
Almost right - I think :-0
Remember "standard 8" cine film - you ran the reel through the camera then
turned it over and ran it through the other way? The film was 16mm wide
with perforations down both sides and after development you slit it down
the middle and spliced the two sides end-to-end.
I would have thought though it would have had reels on it to carry the
For Barn dances and folk evenings in the Coventry and Warwickshire area
1483 is called a Tantalus. It's a sort of Victorian liquor cabinet that is
meant to keep your servants out of your Sherry.
1484 as already mentioned, is a throwing knife.
I think 1486 is a rag slitter for cutting up strips of cloth to make rag
And I believe 1488 is the squeegee that Superman uses to clean the windows
at the fortress of solitude.
Paul K. Dickman
He's right, by golly! :-) How'd you know that?
I repair antique metalwork for a living.
The hinges on these are invariably made out of 32 ga sheet brass folded
around a pin. They don't last too long.
The keys are usually missing as well.
Paul K. Dickman
Thanks! I thought it was either an apothecary box or for holding alcohol
but I wasn't sure which, and thanks to riverman for the link, I'll use that
on the answer page.
I've got a number of photos that I don't plan to post on the web site for
one reason or another, and figured I would go ahead and post some of them
here on the newsgroups.
A. 30" tall x 14" wide:
The second one is an asian porcelain pillow. I haven't seen one
exactly like it (with the holes) but the size and shape are very
consistent. Probably this is for summertime use (the holes make it
Google 'porcelain pillow' and see lots of examples.
The other seems like a display case for something...the seafaring
motif makes me think of a big ship in a bottle or something. The
rather dull base throws me off, though.
Don't know what the first one is for, but I can tell you that it isn't old.
The stand isn't from it. It's a cast iron lamp base, probably off a bridge
lamp from the 20's.
The top is investment cast with no chasing done afterwards and a crappy job
of removing the sprues.
This indicates manufacture with a high level of technical sophistication but
no concept of craftsmanship.
Definately post war, probably post 70's, possibly last week.
As for the second one, I concur that it is probably a headrest of some sort.
Paul K. Dickman
Can't be that...the acid in the urine would destroy the metal.
Upon further study, I think its a deflector for some sort of winnow.
The arch in the wood base would allow for a fan to blow beneath it,
and the diverging spouts would spray grain or rice or something so
that it could be more efficiently winnowed.
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