1615. a device for pulling stuck toast out of a toaster.
1616. a coin counting machine. wonderfully versatile in that it doesnt
matter wich way around the coin is.
1617. a pulley sheaf missing the pulley wheel. lightweight duty,
probably something like a sash window counterweight.
1618. looks like a 'vacutainer' of some sort. used for drawing blood
out of people for analysis.
1619. it is a hammer. lovely in the proportioning but it's exact
purpose has no mystery. it is for hitting something.
obviously very effective since it seems to have broken the bits beside
1620. an inference meter for the calibration of babbage calculating
1621. it looks awfully like the box that inference meter came in but
it could be a magicians stock in trade secret drawer trick ....which
explains why it is invisible.
Stealth :-) Pilot
1615. A crimping tool of some sort - possibly for crimping the bands
onto metal strapping tape or wire.
1616. Coin sorter.
1617. It doesn't make sense to have two different thicknesses on the
legs for any typical pulley and sheave setup. The thinner leg is
flattened so there probably is something affixed on both sides so it
can rotate. The setup appears to allow freedom of movement in three
dimensions. I'll fall back on the addage - "if you don't recognize
it, it's old and made of cast iron, it has something to do with a
carriage or wagon."
1618. At first I thought it was a hummingbird feeder, but on closer
examination I noticed I don't know what it is. ;) I've read about
those miracle magnets that magnetize your car's fuel line, and I think
this device screws on to a gas can, the little red plastic key has a
magnet and fits into that hole. When you pour gas it magnetizes the
fuel so squeamish people don't have to lift the hood and mess with the
1619. A planishing hammer with face covers to protect the hopefully
1620. An infinity meter from the 1940's. Infinity has gotten a lot
smaller with time due to entropy, so you don't see these so often
"RicodJour" wrote: 1620. An infinity meter from the 1940's. Infinity has
gotten a lot
It's an ohm meter/DC voltmeter. Isn't it clever that ohm meters actually
measure mhos, but are labeled in reciprocals (ohms)? Otherwise, you would
have to keep a shunt on the meter to keep from pinning the needle. From the
rugged looking and simple construction, I am guessing it is intended for use
in something like blasting.
My guesses this week:
1615 - This seems to be some sort of a specialized crimper or other
forming tool, presumably for fairly thick sheet metal. The two hooks
latch into or against some corresponding ears formed in whatever is
being crimped, and the two handles are then brought up to the middle and
the center plunger section does the deed. I can't say what it may be
used to bend, though; possibly some sort of metal strapping? Seamless
1616 - Seems to be a sorter/tester for round disks, possibly coins or
washers, to sort them by diameter or thickness or weight or some such.
It looks very vaguely like some forms of electronic chip test module
handlers, although not intended for square or rectangular packages and
lacking a way of attaching the electronic test equipment itself.
1617 - Appears to be a pulley lacking the wheel. The uneven size may be
due to wear, but more likely due to specialized application--such as a
sliding door hanger, perhaps?
1618 - Birdfeeder (maybe specifically a hummingbird feeder)?
1619 - Beyond the obvious (a hammer with interchangeable faces), I don't
know what this might be used for. If I had to guess, I'd say either
leatherworking or (less likely) block printing.
1620 - An electric meter, which appears to directly measure amperage and
indirectly measure resistance (presumably by being put in series with
the resistance and a known voltage source). I'm guessing the voltage
used is around 120 volts or so, and the bottom scale is amps, and the
top scale is ohms. Probably, this would have been used primarily for
tasks along the lines of electric motor servicing and other fairly
heavy-duty uses. I'd us my Fluke over this most any day, I think.
Now to read other guesses.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
Hmmm...I guess I wasn't thinking through my math very thoroughly in
coming up with the range. Seeing as how Rob mentioned in another post
that it was used for blasting, milliamps is far more likely, as you
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
1618: Is used for dumping Mentos candies into a cola bottle.
The cola and the Mentos react and then shoot out of the bottle
forming a fountain. (This is best done outdoors.) The tube and
pin and string allows this to be done while from a safe (clean)
My younger sister gave one for Christmas. Mine includes a rocket
that can be placed onto the tube.
Here are a couple of links to a place that sells the tube:
Tube with rocket:
Thank you Dan.
That is a cute, interesting project for kids. I know just a kid who will get
this for a present. I know he will enjoy it and make a mess at the same
time. It doesn't get better than that for a kid!
Be Happy! Be very Happy!!
In all seriousness, we live in wonderful times. Our society is so rich,
secure and comfortable (as a whole and on the average) that we can afford
things like this.
This product is designed and well-manufactured, from amazingly cheap
material for the purpose of expending luxury food (candy and soda) for the
amusement of our younger generation.
I'm constantly awed and amazed by the technical progress of the recent
We live in the best of all times. This is not evil. It is good. Enjoy it!
1615: clamping handle to pick up something hot (baking pans?)
1616: change sorter/counter - seen in banks, mainly
1617: shackle (missing the pulley part); widening is for the passage
1618: a spout for distributing some dry pellets from a big bottle?
Doggie kibble? Gumballs?
1619: planishing hammer, for silversmithing or similar work.
1620: it's a resistance meter, all right, probably for assaying wood
dryness (the second scale would be percent moisture content: zero
moisture and infinite resistance go together). I've seen these before
with a bed-of-nails probe, to stab a rough board. Soil
moisture would be a similar application.
Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1615) Strange beastie. My guess is that it is intended to bend a
metal strap around something which the two ears hook under.
Perhaps for construction of a wagon?
1616) Coin sorting machine. You toss them into the hopper, and
it sorts the different coins into different bins, while counting
and totaling the amount (probably by coin size) on the display.
Not sure whether it retains them in the separate categories, or
dumps them into a single bag once done. Probably you can select
1617) This is the frame for supporting a pulley. A bolt through the
holes in the sides becomes the axle for the pulley.
Now -- I'm not quite sure what you mean by this sentence:
"Also, explain why the right end is wider than the left:"
If you mean the bulge before it reaches the support eye in the
second photo, I would say that is to clear flanges on the pulley
which are a bit wider than the hub length -- and to clear larger
rope or line sizes.
1618) Looks like something for sampling the contents of a tank or bin
from a threaded hole below a valve. (Such would be found on the
fuel tanks of smaller aircraft, which you are expected to check
for water in the fuel before you trust your life to it in the
However the cross-drilled holes and the tethered pin suggest
something more in the nature of bulk, with the pin preventing
the sample from falling into the container until the pin is
1619) I note no size listed for this.
At a thought -- this may be some form of "planishing" hammer
(for producing a smooth level surface in sheet metal) with the
caps perhaps for providing alternate metal surfaces so you don't
contaminate the workpiece with other metals. (E.g. -- you don't
want stainless steel to be contaminated with mild steel, which
will provide a place for rust to start.
Check <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planishing> for a quick
1620) A lab bench meter for measuring low resistance values (hence
the reversed scale with infinity at the normal zero point). No
range switch and no multipliers so it is just for measuring low
values of resistance.
The second linear scale reading from left to right is probably
the base sensitivity of the meter movement. I would guess that
the "25" full scale is mA (milli Amps) not uA (micro Amps) which
seem a bit too sensitive for the construction.
Now to see what others have suggested.
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