1909: Baby weigher - oh grams - drug dose scales
1910: Snuff box - inject volatile poison gas to kill insects
(used by butterfly collectors)
1911: Cattle crush - for branding, horn removal etc.
1912: gutter holder?
1913: Knife sharpening stone - used by fur-hunters?
1914: Hamster helter-skelter. or Hop-pole.
1913 is a Fishhook Sharpener.
Now guessing, 1910 reminds me of an old Pocket Warmer. Closing the case
and pushing the "plunger" started material smoldering for heat. 1911 seems
like a Chute that would be used to dehorn Cattle.
1909 - I have a scale that looks like that for measuring float weight in
1911 - Livestock rack. Looks like a size for small cows, sheep and the
like. Can be used to secure the animal to give them shots, trim hooves,
and whatever else you need to hold them in place.
1912 - Looks like a fireplace crane
1913 - Hook stone to sharpen fish hooks?
1914 - old grain auger or a mouse ramp?
Except that it differs from that shown in the link in the
answers page in one important way. About 2/3 of it has a spiral in one
directions, and the other 1/3 in the other direction. This suggests to
me that if it *was* used as a flour auger (as the link suggested) that
it must have been set up to split the flow into two batches, on twice
the size of the other -- say for filling 5# and 10# bags at the same
rate from opposite ends of the auger.
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1911 seems to be for holding an animal in position, but not for pre-
takeoff of some sort. The 'entrance' (?) has a restraining chain &
strong catch/latch, the bracings are iron plates, the posts have big
eye bolts, and the board above the entrance may not be suitable for a
take-off of, say, a ridden/bucking horse. My best guess would be a
holder for castrating an adult bull or horse.
You definitely ain't a gonna' do more than one in that crate. :)
Horseshoeing or similar _relatively_ benign tasks are the forte of this
puppy. You want a full solid kick panel behind when castrating (btdt
which is one reason why we ran heifers... :) )
In the Open view, is the thing that says "Made in England" one of two
spring-loaded clips to hold something down?
Is the lid spring loaded?
Is the plunger spring loaded?
How is the plunger operated? What does the unseen end look like? (For
example, it could seal like a bicycle pump, or it could just be a metal
In the Open view, there's a stud like a doorknob. What does it do?
(For example, does it hold the lid closed in conjunction with the plunger?)
In the Closed view, there's a bump below the stud. What's that? (I
don't see it in the Open view.)
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