1745 Drop Forge Hammer. Small engine slowly winds cable, lifting the
weights. At top, cable is released and weights drop down the rails to smash
the workpiece. I suspect this is wheeled up to an anvil or dieset on an
anvil, as the bottom horizontal rail doesn't look robust enough to serve as
1741. Removable security/safety handle.
1742. For transport or eradication of vermin.
1743. Continuity tester, maybe for electric fencing.
1744. Rotating spring-driven hanging device for either plants or
1755. Fence post driver.
My guesses, before seeing others:
1741 - The actuator end seems to slip over a ball or flared fitting of
some sort. Perhaps this is a window adjuster/opener for an old style of
1742 - Perhaps a bottle is inserted, with the neck projecting through
the hole in the top, to provide a handle for easier pouring of the
1743 - A very strange device. Perhaps it's some sort of a pyrotechnic
launcher/starter, activated by electricity, with the top of the cylinder
opening to insert a canister of the pyrotechnic material. (Flares,
1744 - Looks like something I should recognize, but don't right offhand.
The only thing that comes to mind is from Knight's dictionary where he
talks of praying machines, where (in parts of Tibet and perhaps
elsewhere) prayers were written on paper and attached to a rotating
apparatus, the prayer believed to be "read" by the idol or god or
whatever once for each rotation of the wheel.
1745 - This appears to be a small, light-duty pile driver; perhaps it
was intended to be used to drive well points. The gasoline engine would
seem to be a later addition, replacing what I presume was man or horse
power to raise the ram.
1746 - This looks vaguely like a (homemade) box I saw once some time ago
in which a magician transported the bunny he would pull out of his hat
during his act--the bunny, of course, being a live pet, and I think a
dwarf or at least small breed. So maybe this is a livestock/pet carrier.
Now to see other guesses...
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1741) Wrench for something. At a guess, it is a wrench for adjusting
the height of the front sight on some military rifle.
1742) Some kind of flame-powered spotlight? perhaps a candle goes
inside near the back to project a fairly narrow (if dim) beam.
1743) Clip-on rescue light for finding someone in the water?
Either there is a plain battery in the cylinder and the
projecting red cylinder is a button, or it is one of the
water-activated batteries which has to be below the water while
the light is clipped on at a point above the water for
1744) I think that this is a wind-up hanger for rotating something
hung below it for display purposes. The small off-center
projection is a mechanical switch to stop or start the rotation
from a remote location.
1745) I think that I see hints of an IC motor under the base shown
in the close-up photos.
And I think that it is designed to repeatedly wind up the weight
to the top and drop it on heated iron to forge it. (This is
based on the discoloration below the sliding weight shown in
1746) G.E.R. "Greater Edinburough Railway" or something like that?
I think that this is designed for carrying some small critters
during a reailway trip without any risk of them getting out.
Perhaps something like hamsters, or chicks or something similar.
It looks as though it has provisions for a lock on one of the
hasps, so the carrier or a small kid can't let the critters out
during the trip.
Now to see what others have said.
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1741: A winding key for a clock, perhaps. A bit different than the
usual square-drive though.
1742: Maybe a live animal trap of some sort. Animal goes in, finds the
box too narrow to turn around in, gets stuck. Maybe for a rat, though
I'd think a rat could back out.
1743: Some sort of test probe.
1744: Odd sort of metronome
1745: Well, if you lifted the weight somehow (I don't see a crank on
the wheel), you could control its descent with the brake or by
changing the angle of the tall section. Not sure why you'd want to.
My first thought was some sort of lift, but it doesn't seem to be set
up as a counterweight system.
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