Posted for your pleasure, another attempt at guessing the uses of the
sundry varied items:
1723 -- Funky wadding for a large shotgun or similar weapon? Foot or
other end for a tubular support? Pushbutton switch (with integral
strain relief) for mounting on a pigtail lead? So many possibilities,
none really convincing.
1724 -- Spoke setting/wheel truing jig for some sort of spoked wheel,
probably early motor vehicle wheels ("artillery wheels," if I recall
1725 -- Appears to be an engine or transmission workstand, for
supporting an engine while overhauling it. Presumably, this is for
units that are attached via a bell housing. The T handle opposite the
mount permits flipping the workpiece.
1726 -- Device that attaches to the top rungs of a ladder and provides
an adjustable hook/tab piece. I'd assume this is either to provide a
degree of security against the ladder shifting while in use, or (perhaps
more likely) to provide a standoff so the ladder itself isn't leaning
against the gutter or wall or whatever is being worked on.
1727 -- fitting to hold a slender pole, perhaps for a smallish flag?
1728 -- Miniature/model cannon, possibly used with blanks for marking
time, starting races, and the like.
Now to read other guesses...
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1723: A Champagne stopper for an opened bottle.
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always:
1723) Given the separate dished end, I think that this is
intended to hold a pushbutton and snap into a panel or a holder
to make for a nice big button area. (Perhaps it goes into a
cylindrical holder to make a pendant button for emergency stops
or the like -- though I would expect the button surface to be
red for that.
1724) This one looks as though it is intended to mount a telescope
between the larger screws (which allow it to pivot around the
center of the screws), and to be fine adjusted for lateral
setting using the two smaller screws.
The flat plate on arms could be to store other eyepieces, or to
project something like the image of a solar eclipse, to protect
the eyes from direct viewing.
1725) This one is clear -- it is a holder for internal combustion
engines (from automobiles mostly) to hold them and allow them to
be rotated while work is being performed on them.
There should be a hydraulic engine hoist somewhere near, too.
1726) This looks as though it is designed to fit on two consecutive
round runged ladder rungs, and hinge out to provide a place to
hang a paint bucket by the bail.
1727) This looks like the scabbard for an early design of rifle
1728) This looks like perhaps a 1 pound cannon (weight of the
lead cannonball which fits it). I think that it was for
mounting on a sailing craft for protection against pirates and
such -- but not for actual military use. And the base does not
look right for field use on land.
Now to see what others have suggested.
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1728 is a cannon of some sort. Possibly ceremonial (i.e. the kind of thing
a yacht club would use to fire a salute when hoisting colors).
Not sure about 1723, but it's clear that the three prongs with the bumps
are meant to fit into (or onto) some kind of tube. The grey round part is
some sort of bearing (like a partial ball-and-socket joint). My first
thought was an artificial knee replacement joint, but it doesn't look like
any I found pictures of. What's the material? Is it plastic?
1724 is obviously a sex toy.
Dooh! I had a vague idea about 1726, but wasn't sure. I was sort of on
the right track, but wrong. I was thinking a bracket to mount an antenna
on a sloped roof. Then, I just went out into the back yard to see what the
guys who are painting my house were up to, and what did I see, but several
1726's in action! I'll keep quiet, so as not to spoil it for other people.
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