1864: Rushlight holder - holds certain plant stems that burn much like
candles. Many were made with candle cups on the curved portion so they
could be used for either light source. Bet I've made a hundred of 'em.
They work well as recipe card holders too.:)
1861 - Binder for cornstalks (or other grain)? I'm pretty sure I've
encountered this before...but can't remember much more than that.
1862 - Alarm gong/bell?
1863 - Harrow, dragged along the ground (presumably by horse power) to
cultivate the soil
1864 - Holder for flaming sticks, I'd guess either as a light or to keep
the fire when you didn't care to have the fireplace grate full--probably
1865 - Primitive doghouse
1866 - Booby trap, with small guns (perhaps firing blanks) triggered by
pressure or motion of the pointed bits. It would appear that this is
intended to kill or frighten some wild animal, rather than human prey.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
Correct, as Alexander also guessed, it's a trap for animals, the gruesome
details of how it works can be found starting on line 70 of the patent.
They've all been answered correctly this week, more details can be seen
1866: I believe that it's a trip-wire alarm. It looks as if there is a
lanyard on the left side to fire the miniature cannon. I'll assume that
it uses a gun cap that fires the powder charge when the lanyard is pulled.
1861 - very early portable winch?
1862 - Well it wouldn't make a lot of sound but it could be used as a
simple bell. I know of a FD near me that has a railroad driver wheel
with a notch cut out as a back-up bell for meetings and such.
1862 - Fixed tooth harrow. Can also be used to prep seedbeds by making
closely spaced rows for the seeds to drop into so they don't blow away.
Such as in a rice paddy or wheat field.
1864 - Old rush light. Holds pieces of reed that burn like a tallow
candle because of the waxy sap in them.
1865 - Pedestrian pass through cut in a tree? Sort of like the redwoods
with the tunnels cut through them?
1866 - Well it almost looks like some type of weird bayonet/gun combo.
If those are muzzle-loading barrels on either side.
1861 - If I had to move a railroad tie a short distance, I might be
tempted to try to use 1861. The point looks like it is designed to
be stuck in the ground rather than, say, on a ship to help lower the
1861, well bucket wench
1862 Wreathes frame?
1863 Hay rake? (I wish I could remember where I have seen one of those.
1864 Bell on the door to let the shop keep know some one has entered or
1865 How wide? Oh never mind. I have no idea.
1866 No Idea. Looks like maybe a lock.
Rob H. wrote:
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1861) Hmmm ... it will behave like a screw, with the rope going from
one side of the cross board to the other as it is cranked.
Not sure whether it is to drive into the earth for planting
something or to serve as a jack, with the point in some kind of
1862) Almost certainly it (when struck) serves as a gong to call the
population's attention -- perhaps as a fire alarm, perhaps to
indicate an imminent attack, perhaps just of marking the time.
1863) Perhaps to be used to stretch animal pelts when curing?
1864) Looks like an incense holder to me.
Or perhaps used to hold tapers to light pipes.
1865) Perhaps a beehive?
1866) Hmmm ... looks like a harpoon point without a shaft which
has two small guns mounted. It looks as though there is a
missing crossbar which goes in the notch of the hammer to strike
two percussion caps at once -- probably triggered by a strong
tug on the ring at the back.
The 1850s was a strong period for the whaling industry, though
I've not seen anything like this before.
Now to see what others have suggested.
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1861: The windlass for a well?
1862: Ye Olde Hulae Hoope?
1863: A frame for some sort of stage scenery?
1864: Looks like drug paraphenalia to me. Looks like you stuck
whatever those things were in it to hold them, then burned the ends.
1865: It's a hollow tree stump, what else? I imagine the hole at the
top is important.
1866: You've heard of guns called "hand cannons"? That's the original
hand cannon. With optional extended sights.
Assuming the cannon actually works, perhaps for signalling of
some sort. Or maybe just a gunsmith's novelty.
The problem with socialism is there's always
someone with less ability and more need.
1866 After looking for a while, I can make a guess: An animal trap. Bait
is held by the barbed points at the right. The animal (Raccoon, other
medium-large carnivore) grabs the bait, moving one or both of the
extensions, firing the gun. Ring at the left is to anchor the trap so the
animal doesn't take it away. I have no good idea of the function of the
pin and notched extension on the left front.
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