1783: a scaler (to remove scale from iron castings); basically
a cleaning chisel.
1785: a coining press; give the balls a spin, and if the
RPMs are right, the coins all come out with the right depth
of indentation when the motion stops.
1786: ?some kind of dessert cart? Bins for sprinkles and sauces,
the main case is to keep flies off the banana split...
No worries on that. You see, it is a "Heisen-koffin'. Like the box that
Schroedinger's cat was contained in, it is _only_ when you open it and look
inside do you find out whether or not the party is actually deceased! And
the secnd picture _does_ show it open -- and *empty*. Ergo, no dead duck. :)
O.K. Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1783) This looks like a rock-cutting chisel designed to powder a
fairly wide gap of stone.
1784) No real clue -- though somehow I feel that it connects
1785) A "fly press". The weights are given a smart spin, and
a thread advances the top ram into contact with the bottom
Perhaps for making coins?
1786) Perhaps for moving and sterilizing medical tools/instruments?
1787) Missing most of the wood handle. I suspect that it is for
manipulating lumber in the form of logs -- perhaps a "Peavy"
for breaking up a log jam when they are being sent by water.
1788) If the lids were spring-loaded instead of screw I would think
an early Nielson bottle -- for taking samples of water at
Now to try to post this -- though last post was refused,
apparently due to problems at the news server.
And I'll go on to see what others have suggested.
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