1804 A gaslight lighting fixture. Right end screws on to gas pipe in wall,
left end, pointing up, goes in nice glass diffuser/shade.
1805 Guess: Slot machine. Used in a saloon. Spin and drop in coin, get 1,
2 or 3 drinks or cigars.
1806 Guess: Reloader for a removable cylinder from a cap and ball revolver.
Hmm ... for whatever reason I did not get the original posting, so I'll
have to reply to this -- the first that I have seen, and comment on my
opinions to this set of suggestions, since I can't start without seeing
at least these.
1801) Looks like a tool for rotating a cylindrical part of something,
probably a typewriter or a TeleType.
1802) This one looks like it is intended to be cast into concrete to
provide an anchor point which will survive a fairly strong pull.
"rebar" bent in several places, so it won't pull out of the
1803) Looks like something worn on a thumb or finger to hook strands
of thread, string, or wire in some kind of assembly operation.
Perhaps for cable lacing?
I agree with the above for (1804).
Hmm ... my guess for this is that it is an early coin acceptor
for a bus or trolley driver.
And for this -- my thought is that it is either a sizer for cast
bullets of three different calibers, or perhaps for loading shot
into a shotgun shell.
But I prefer the first, with the "Push" button to kick the sized
bullet back up where you can grip it.
The removable cylinder suggestion does not seem right with the
visible difference in size for the first two holes, and a
presumable difference in the third one as well.
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1801 - A Dipstick of some sort, possibly broken/shortened?
1802 - Looks like it might be used to pick up or move something hot. Does
the handle pull up and spread the bent wirey bits apart??
1803 - A Cockfighting spur?
1806 - An old Pill Press?
I don't have the material for which it's used figured out, but 1802 is
made to grab and bunch together some loose (and apparently fibrous)
substance (maybe like cotton lint, feathers, wool).
The tines expand outward when the bottom plate is pulled up toward the
top plate, but the way they're formed, they still overlap enough to
capture and pull together whatever's between them when they're contracted
Maybe it's for stuffing feathers in pillow cases.
Question about 1801: is that the entire object? It's hard to tell from the
photo, but the bottom of it looks jagged, as if it were broken off from a
larger piece of something. If so, then my guess would be a dipstick for
measuring fluid level in some kind of tank or sump.
1802 looks like a large version of a kitchen whisk. Maybe part of an
industrial butter churn? Or a cake batter mixer?
1803 looks like some variation on a fid or sailmaker's palm.
1804 is almost certainly a gas lamp or burner. The heart-shaped thing on
the lower right is the valve handle, it pivot n the piece immediately to
the left o that, and you see the air shutter on the burner assembly. The
lower-left of the image is "up".
I think I saw something similar to #1803 many years ago when a wayward
uncle took me to a cock fight back in the 1950's. They put these
around the legs of the fighting roosters. They are very nasty and the
guys handling the roosters had to be very careful when they tried to
grab the winner. Sometimes there wasn't a winner because both roosters
died. Have the times changed?
"Rob H." <> wrote in message >A new set of items has been
1802 is easy. It's a chimney cleaner. Used to remove
built up creosote. No doubt in my mind. I've used one
of these _many_ times. They don't do a good job on
removing the hard glass like creosote so I came up
with my own design.
1801 - Looks like a dipstick for a transfer pump.
1802 - Chimney cleaner.
1803 - nasty looking back scratcher?
1804 - Looks like a modified gas burner, maybe for glass work?. The tip
isn't original judging by the knurling on it compared to the rest of the
1805 - Version of a Plinko machine?
1806 - I have seen one of these. Didn't know what it was then either ;-)
My guesses for this week:
1801 - Promotional dipstick for...umm..some piece of farm equipment?
oil laps with opaque founts?
1802 - Chimney flue cleaning apparatus, intended to work on the pull
1803 - Neat looking sail mending kit?
1804 - I'm pretty sure this is a wall-mounted swing arm gas light,
probably missing a mantle and/or shade.
1805 - Gambling (or perhaps more likely, prize merchandizing) game
machine; insert coin at the top, and whatever slot it falls in on the
(presumably spinning) wheel thingy determines the payout or prize
1806 - Manual pill making machine (for medicinal or other related uses)
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