1970 , spade for digging through ice to go ice fishing
1972 some device to cut some thing to length , like a wooden peg or dowel.
The round wood is placed through the opening , the length set by the
sliding stop and the whole thing revolves around the peg while adjusting
the cutter inward
1974 looks like it could be a pressure test gauge , or maybe a manometer
of some description.
"I'm not young enough to know everything."
1974: The word "MESS" is suggestive. A century ago, the water supply on
many military posts was probably very limited. It can take a lot of
water to run a mess hall. Much would depend on cleaning techniques,
carelessness, and deliberate waste. Running out could mean a holiday
for mess hall personnel as the troops ate field rations.
I wonder if there's a record of regulations governing water use a
century ago. A post commander could have rationed water to a 300-gallon
tank for the mess hall. A highly visible gage for that tank would have
shown the mess-hall manager what he had to work with and enabled NCOs to
monitor usage for specific tasks.
1971: dandelion puller.
1972: tenon cutter; cuts the end of a stick
cylindrical, like a lathe, only the cutter rotates and the stick
stays still. This one looks bigger than usual, perhaps for
Used on the "chains" in a US football game so they can be reset to
the proper location if they are incorrectly moved. The hole that
has the clip in it would be the yard line the marker would be
This is a guess. I had originally thought thought it was used by a
watchman to know when to make the hourly patrol then noticed only
ten holes not the necessary 12.
Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1969) At a guess, it is a time reminder -- perhaps when your parking
meter will need more coins. Interesting that it skips 55 and
1970) For cutting the ends and sides of a narrow ditch to bury a
If the end is really sharp, perhaps a flensing knife used
1971) I think that this does the job of a corkscrew -- in spite of
not having a screw mechanism.
The fact that the three pins go in at angles would give it
enough of a grip on a cork to pull it - -and it looks less
likely to break of a piece of the cork into the wine.
1972) Designed to cut a groove at a presettable distance from the end
of a wooden dowel -- or perhaps even to cut through the walls of
a cast-iron pipe. (A closer look at the depth stop might help
Anyway -- it is held in the brace of a brace-and-bit, slid on
over the end of the workpiece, and turned with a pause every so
many turns to adjust the presser V to increase the depth of cut.
1973) A pouring pitcher designed to filter particulates out of the
liquid. Maybe oil -- maybe tea made without a teabag or the
little strainer on a chain for tea without bags. :-)
1974) Hmm ... an interesting looking thing.
At a first guess -- for measuring and displaying hydraulic
pressure using a column of mercury -- and for operating a
pointer showing what the last reading was.
Perhaps it could be used to measure the depth of a fluid in a
cylindrical tank based on the pressure -- which could be
gasoline, oil, or any of a number of other liquids. (The
pressure would change in a non-cylindrical tank, but the
translation of pressure vs amount of fluid would be non-linear,
and the scale on this looks fairly linear.
Now to see what others have suggested.
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I just did a search and found a site that said the compartment is indeed for
a razor although the museum where I shot the photo had it marked as being a
compartment for a shaving brush. I guess it could have been used for either
or both, hard to say if the compartment was meant for one particular item.
During a shave, what would be wrong with putting the brush in the cup
with the soap? That's the way I did it. It looks as if you'd damage a
brush putting it in the side compartment, and it would tend to fall out.
As for museums... I once purchased a photocopy of a Civil War journal
from a museum. The author was in my g-grandfather's company.
I read the journal and found that the curator's published synopsis was
#1969 Counter. The holes aren't gauges, they're just labels. You set
it to "read" any of the numbers by where you clip the hook. Might be
#1972 Tenon cutter. Used by a hand-turned brace that holds it by the
squared tapered end on the right. The depth of the cutter knife is
adjustable (often sprung loaded, so it doesn't have to be re-adjusted
mid-cut) and there's an adjustable length stop in the middle.
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