Nothing but guesses:
1841 The surface finish on the sphere doesn't seem good enough for it to be
a mechanical or optical reference. I'll guess that it is a magnetic
compensation device for a magnetic compass or binnacle.
1851 Flower arrangement base? Stick the stems into the slots around the
1852 Milking stool?
1853 Quill Pen tipping device? Industrialized replacement for a pen-knife.
1854 Saddle or core of a saddle?
1849: ball scupper for draining the deck of a boat. When there is water
on the deck, the ball floats opening the scupper and letting the water
Scupper: A drain or spout allowing water on the deck of a vessel to flow
1852: I suspect that the pairs of wheels would fit on the inside and
outside of a certain class of railroad track. From the diagram it
appears it was design to be towed. From the seat, it appears it wasn't
designed to be towed too fast! ; )
1851 looks like some kind of heating element. Probably for a small hot
1854 might be a saddle cradle. When you take the saddle off your horse
you throw it over this form.
Big ??? on the others
1849. wondering if it's from that "visible gas pump" you put up a couple
weeks ago. check valve. would a 2 1/2 inch steel ball be too heavy?
1852. horse drawn corn cutter. (is it inappropriate to post links?)
i think there must be a part missing from the front. the cast iron
semicircle, i think it must have a mating forward mounted crescent so the
front wheels can pivot around for sharp turns. as it is now one side or the
other of the axle is going to pop out just as soon as there's any turning.
i can't see how that front wheel can turn even a 1/2 degree without some
sort of mating forward cast iron slot thing for the ball ends of the axle to
slide around in. if the front wheels don't turn why bother with that
semicircular cast iron part? it also looks like there are bolt/screw holes
in the casting on the front axle near where the horse hitch pivot points
are, looks like some wood part used to be bolted/screwed onto it. a cup
Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1849) I would like to have a view at the underside of the assembly.
It looks like a form of check valve (one way flow), but there
needs to be some way to mount it in the flow path. This would
either be with a pipe fitting on the underside, or perhaps the
OD of the bronze disc captured against the wall of the container
with a gasket sealing it.
I sort of expect pipe threads on the underside which the
knurling on the OD of the bronze disk would allow screwing on
and/or off -- but it might be to simply make it easier to grasp
it when lifting free of the mounting point.
I think that I see a nut on the end of the nearest branch of the
cage on the underside.
1850) Could it be a surveyor's measurement chain? I've never seen
one -- just read about them, so it could look like this.
1851) Some sort of strainer gasket which clips over the mouth of
something like a Mason jar or a teapot?
1852) Perhaps an equivalent for a mechanic's creeper for working
under horse-drawn wagons? The "wings" could be for resting
Or -- based on the really long bandsaw blade coiled up in the
background, a cart for moving lumber through a sawmill?
1853) It sort of looks like an end cutting wire stripper, but not
It appears to be for trimming the end of small wood splints at a
45 degree angle -- perhaps to make some form of scraper?
But it also appears to be an exhibit in a museum, based on how it
is mounted tot he background. :-)
1854) This looks like a pack saddle -- perhaps for a burro (donkey)
instead of a horse. It is for loading supplies onto the critter,
not people. The gap avoids wear on the beast's backbone ridge.
A tough set this week.
Now to see what others have suggested.
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1849. I recall seeing one of these back in the early '60's. It was screwed
onto the end of a large fabric hose, much like a fireman's hose. The other
end of the hose wasn't attached to anything. I assumed it was to provide
a circular spray pattern to the water but I never knew for sure.
I don't know that I'll be too helpful, unfortunately.
1849 - This looks very much like a ball valve, such as might be used in
a pump. I don't know why such a valve would be knurled so much around
the outside, though; although knurling can make for a tighter press fit,
I'm not sure it would do anything good for the air or water tightness of
the valve. Likewise, the gaps around the cage bars where they go
through the base plate would seem to be problematic.
1850 - Operator chain/rope for an awning or venetian blinds, perhaps?
Pulling on one rope would open, the other would close.
1851 - Possibly, this was intended to hold the mouth of a drawstring bag
open, say for stitching a seam on the bag or filling it. The hooks
could engage in the holes for the drawstring, and then by flipping them
over the spring part it would be held open.
1852 - Amusement ride car?
1853 - It's a number 2...something. The blade on the lower jaw seems to
be designed to cut whatever is in the tube part at the front at a
specific angle. Maybe it's a wire stripper of some manner?
1854 - Seat (upside-down in the picture) from a cart or wagon? Rocking
footrest (also upside-down)?
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
OK, I've looked @ some of the other answers, but I'll drop my first
1849 - my first thought was some type of pressure regulator.
1852 - Obviously horse drawn, from looking @ other pieces in picture,
also the drawing has a "whiffle-tree" for single horse hookup. First
thought was a planters unit, with operator having "sets" on each side,
and putting them in ground in the front opening. Second though, some
type of horse drawn cutter, as the angled pieces labelled "8" in the
drawing look like they may be sharp edged, unit being pulled between
rows and cutting off whatever grows on each side.
1853 - is that "caning" material in the cutter? Looks like the guide
brings the material in @ an angle, and there is a stop so it doesn't
cut very deep. Maybe for putting a "point" on caning so it is easier
1854 - I'll agree with someone else, looks like a pack saddle.
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