On 11/5/2009 3:06 AM Alexander Thesoso spake thus:
Could be. Keep in mind how this works: the crank turns a geared shaft
which meshes with all the geared rings, so the the innermost ones turn
faster. I guess this makes this device obey the laws of planetary
physics (i.e., the innermost planets have faster orbits).
Who needs a junta or a dictatorship when you have a Congress
blowing Wall Street, using the media as a condom?
1765 - Looks familiar; I want to say it's a roller for gluing linoleum
(maybe in block printing).
1766 - Perhaps this was used to suspend a ladder or pole from
scaffolding or the top of a building--the side bar of the ladder fitting
in the loop, and the pointed hook part slipping over the scaffolding or
whatever. Downward pressure on the ladder would lock it in place,
upwards pressure would allow it to be repositioned vertically.
1767 - Bootleg liquor bottles, shaped to fit into special corners of the
bootlegger's vehicle or house or whatever.
1768 - Machine to show the relative position of the planets changing
over time. The side hand crank would rotate the planet disks at varying
speeds. It looks like maybe one turn of the crank equals a week, but
that's just a guess.
1769 - Bicycle pump cleverly disguised as a bowling pin? Frankly, I
have no idea.
1770 - Looks rather like a mason's hammer to me, but the hole is curious
indeed and presumably indicates a rather more specialized use.
Now to read other guesses...
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
1765: Mechanical meat tenderizer (do those things actually work?)
1766: Looks kind of like like an over-the-door hanger, though the
pointy end argues against that.
1767: Since the middle one appears to have a cap which doubles as a
cup, I'd guess they're for potent potables of some sort. Seems too
large for medicines.
1768: The "how" is easy enough; you turned the crank. Not sure about
the why, though.
1769: Ye Old Paint Edger
1770: Looks like a geologist's hammer. Doesn't explain the hole in
the head, at least to me.
The problem with socialism is there's always
someone with less ability and more need.
#1770 is a linesman's hammer used by both power and phone
linesman. It is used to install and remove the steps that used
to be installed in the sides of the poles. The hammer pounds it
in to get it started and the hole is placed ove the upturned end
and provides the leverage to screw it the rest of the way in, or
#1767 A guess. Barbershop bottles for hair tonic?
I'd never seen those, either. Interesting. I'd have to say the "barber
treatment" guess otta' been close-enough... :)
As for the hook, I dunno...I can't come up w/ a specific application but
there's no telling what somebody may have manufactured for a specific
purpose. No signs of any manufacturing IDs or other clues, I suppose?
What are the dimensions of the hook end itself? It doesn't seem likely
for logging because of that shape. Same for hay, etc., it just don't
ken function for the specific shape.
According to the owner, the dimensions are: "11 in. long and 6 in. across
the L-shape. The loop is 5in. across and 3 in. deep. The loop is attached
5 in from a flat end." I'd say it was probably blacksmith made for a
particular purpose, not mass produced, which makes solving it very
difficult, I'll be surprised if we get an answer for it.
That or something very similar would be my "bestest guess" also--that it
was sized for particular beams or object but not terribly confident.
"Old-style" barn raisings over the last 20 years around these-here parts
that will use slings and telehandler or similar gear...they still don't
use grid power in the house but everything on the place is latest there
Back on the bottles, I had wondered if were patent-medicines and again
at the time and the actual contents probably could have been "yes"
there, too... :)
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