Which would be correct. A pike pole is used to tear down walls,ceilings,
plaster/lathe and whatever else to make sure the fire is out. We also
use them to pull tin roofs, take out windows and to push over chimneys.
They usually have a hardwood handle (newer ones are fiberglass) and
range from 3 feet long to 12 feet (some specific use ones are longer)
That one looks like the handle has broken off (not a surprise, they get
reefed on pretty bad in use).
1783 stone masons texturing chisel for decrorative texturing of stone ?
1785 is a fly press the arm with the wieghts on the end is spun and the
main spindle of the press screws downward ,can be used for stamping thin
metal into shape or pressing bushes into other parts.
1787 possibly a climbers' icepick
"I'm not young enough to know everything."
I mentioned this to the owner and here is their reply:
"We considered a dry sink, but it has a broad handle over the top, right
where you'd need to put the bowl. Even if it was a miniature salesman's
sample of a dry sink, it's not at all sturdy, and the shelf inside is
light-weight too, and only half-width. Most dry-sinks had a drain hole, and
this doesn't--the top recessed part is galvanized metal with soldered inside
I think that dry sink is still a possible answer, but we'll see if anyone
else comes up with a better solution.
I think one would need to be able to do such hands-on inspection unless
just happened to have seen another specific sample elsewhere. Sometimes
you just can't see what the clues are from a couple of photographs; you
have to be able to look at wear indications, fiddle with stuff and so
on--all give clues and may lead to the "ah-ha" moment...
My other thought was it possibly could have been a display cabinet of
1783 - Tool for embossing/forming ridges and furrows in some material,
or possibly for chipping/crumbling away a hard material. I'll guess at
random and say it's for preparing plaster walls and ceilings for repair
1784 - Critter trap of some sort, possibly triggered by a string or wire
that extends through the notch on the edge (seen in the open photo)...in
which case the metal piece might be a bait holder or similar.
1785 - Manual shop press/punch, operated by the momentum of the balls at
the top (that are spun by hand). Used for any number of purposes for
which a smallish shop press would be handy.
1786 - Possibly a portable cookstove, heated by a burner in the lower
glass compartment? The cart part would, of course, be simply to permit
it to be wheeled about the home or camp more easily--to the breakfast
room for breakfast, to the parlor for tea....
1787 - Since I have no idea what this hand tool is, I'm forced to fall
back on the guess that it's a fence wire tightener. If so, that would
explain the broken wooden part of the handle.
1788 - Jar with two lids at two opposite poles; handy for storing stuff
that you want to get at from both ends. I do admit I rarely need to
keep things that way, nor can offhand think of any time it would be
especially useful, but still....
Now to see if other people have any clearer ideas than I do.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
1785: It looks like a small screw-type coining press to me. The heavy
weights at the end of the bars allow the operator to build up momentum
to make sure there's plenty of force on the dies.
1786: The trays make this unit look like an old medical steam sterilizer.
1786. The small cart is probably for a doctor, nurse or barber. It
has a decidedly medical flavor to it. The lower cabinet could hold a
lamp or candle which would keep the water in the upper basin at a good
temperature, the little attachment boxes are hung off the top for easy
accessibility and easy to rearrange to suit the individual's needs.
If I had to pick one, because of the wheels and the lower height, I'd
guess it was wheeled about by a nurse or orderly and used to change
dressings in a hospital most likely at night. The lower glass
cabinet, with perforated doors allowing air for combustion, would also
shed light at a lower level so it wouldn't disturb the other patients
with light shining in their eyes.
#1783 appears to have been hammered on. Could this be a clue that this
tool is used to cut grooves in a file blank?
#1785 is a flypress
#1787 Maybe a pike used in the logging industry? Mounted on the end of
a pole to reach out and push or pull logs floating down the river?
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