I don't specifically recognize any of these this week, but ignorance doesn't
1903 Obviously an angle brace. Looks like it might be useful for sparkplugs
in V-8 engines.
1904 Gas burner, such as might be used in a gas range.
1905 Closet organizer, for belts?
1906 Measuring shovel, to put a specific quantity of hops into a beer mash?
1907 Tobacco drying sheds?
1908 Clip to hang something (paintbrush) on a wall for drip drying.
That's right! I had done some patent searching a couple days ago and didn't
find anything but just a few minutes ago I had some luck. The patent says
it's for loading coal into a furnace and not making a mess, see line 45:
1906: It could be used to scoop muck and water out of a trough.
It also looks like an improvement over the common tin fire shovel. If
you use a little shovel to remove ashes, it's hard to put the ashes into
a bucket without raising dust. With 1906, you could carry the ashes
outside before dumping them into a bucket. It will hold a generous
amount and keep them from spilling or blowing. It looks pretty stable
in case you need to put it down.
A little fire shovel is inadequate to carry coals to start a fire. With
1906, you could reach into a stove with a hot fire and carry a generous
amount of embers securely.
One thing that I forgot to mention about the shovel, there is a metal sleeve
on the handle that supposedly makes it easier to rotate and release the
Only the last one was unsolved this week, the answers for this set can be
O.K. The view of the chuck in item (1903) confirms that it is a
specialized drill brace, not the awning tool which I thought -- mostly
because the chuck end did not look much like the standard chucks on the
braces of the period. I guess that this one was smaller in diameter to
make it easier to cut in corners or close to walls.
As for (1908) -- could it not have also been used for shoveling
coal in a steam engine (locomotive)? Pretty much the same constraints
there as for a furnace.
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