No idea what the patent says, but the Peavey Manufacturing Company
says uses were pulling stumps and raising dam gates.
I just looked at one I have in my garage. No manufacturer's mark on
the castings, so it may have been by another maker.
I did a search on Peavey hoist when you first posted this answer but
couldn't find a photo of one on the web. Here is the patent for the fence
1868 - Looks like some type of clock since it has 12 steps.
1869 - OLD breast brace.
1871 - Looks like a tire spreader to open a tire up so you can patch it.
But it's probably something else.
1872 - Ratchet steps for either an awning or maybe a transom window.
1867 - cannon ball holder / loader
1868 - Religious something?
1869 - Cutoff valve handle turner?
1870 - what those other guessers said 8>)
1871 - Another Fire hose apparatus? Does the gauge in the picture have
1872 - I like the guess as that it would hold a awning at different
Mike in Ohio
Rob H. wrote:
Bit late to the party this week, but here none the less. My guesses:
1867 - At first glance, I thought this may be a boat anchor, but closer
examination shows this is very unlikely. The fine detailing is all
wrong for an anchor, and the shape wouldn't be particularly practical
should it fall with the wrong side down. Perhaps its an incense holder
of some manner, possibly intended to be hung overhead?
1868 - Clock of some manner. I'd guess perhaps a form of water clock,
where the cylinder is filled with water at the start of the day and
slowly oozes out through the wicking. The pointer would be attached to
a float that rides down on the water level. It wouldn't seem to me to
be overly accurate unless the temperature and humidity were constant.
1869 - Heavy duty two-handed breast brace, presumably for drilling.
1870 - A very wild guess--a weight to keep a sash cord straight, maybe?
I really have no idea.
1871 - Another very wild guess--the head of a tool to replace a tread on
a tank or bulldozer when it gets dislodged somehow from its drivers?
1872 - Ratchety hold down thingy for something adjustable. I might
suspect it's used with a swinging window or ventilator operated by a
rope; a ring or similar on the rope would engage the teeth to permit
various adjustments of the opening. (As an example, many sugar houses
[where maple syrup is made] traditionally have swinging ventilators
along a raised bit of the roof ridge, commonly operated by a rope and
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always:
1867) It sort of looks like something for scooping leaves and such
out of gutters. Plastic, not metal. Maybe it could be drawn
along the gutter by a cord.
1868) A clock:
It either works by evaporation from the wick, or the burning of
something like kerosene from the wick. At a guess, I would say
that evaporation would be too variable in speed -- dependent on
the humidity. The burning rate of the kerosene might also be
dependent on the amount of wick exposed.
Anyway -- there is a float in the cylindrical reservoir, and
this supports the rod to point to the time, indicating the
remaining liquid in the cylinder.
1869) A direct and personal application Roto-rooter for something
like a storm drain?
1870) Hmm ... it is supported by the points between two conical holes
and is spun by a cord wrapped around either side of the central
But I can't come up with a useful *reason* to do this.
1871) A bottle opener -- including for large flat jar lids which
It looks to be bronze, which would suggest that it is designed
to avoid making sparks in the presence of flammable gas.
1872) Mounts on the back or side of a fireplace, and is used to
adjust the height of a cooking vessel above the fire?
Now to see what others have suggested.
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