They're using it to level a surveyors rod. You can see a modern rod
bubble level here.
On 7/14/11 6:56 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
2298 might enable a soldier to clean the grooves of a black-powder
breech loader. Pull it from breech to muzzle with a cord, back to the
breech with another cord, rotate to catch the next groove, and pull again.
On 7/14/11 6:56 AM, email@example.com wrote:
2293: The first has a grove that might guide a drill bit. The second
and third have pointed screws that could, like center punch, start holes
a certain distance from the end of a shaft. I wonder if they were for
boring lynch-pin holes in wooden axles.
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
2293) These look like clamps to keep a window closed against
break-in attempts from the outside.
Jimmy-proof, compared to many of the normal sash locks,
especially ones from that period (based on the finish).
2294) Interesting -- a pair of level vials in a hinge, with
provisions for securing it to two pieces of wood (or metal) with
It does not look as though it would set level on a surface when
opened to 90 degrees without attaching to something else.
The brand is associated in my mind mostly with drafting
instruments, but I believe that they are also associated with
I suspect that it is to be used in combination with a similar
hinge without the levels, but I'm not quite sure where they
would be used.
2295) South Bend I associate with machine tools -- especially lathes,
though they made other machine tools as well.
It looks as though it is shaped to accept a Morse taper (perhaps
a headstock spindle taper, as it looks a little large for the
typical tailstock taper. Perhaps for storing the spindle taper
adaptor which allows the use of a smaller taper in the
headstock. (And, I think, the South Bend machines used their
own proprietary taper in the headstock spindle, not truly a
But while the slot in the handle would allow it to be bolted to
some convenient location, the handle also looks indented to
accept the fingers when holding it in a hand.
If it were not for the South Bend name and the lack of a
threaded socket in place of the handle, I would suggest that it
looks like a holder for a microphone.
2296) Hmm ... perhaps an early parking meter? The coin feeder
on the side, the crank on the other side, and the two numbered
wheels -- perhaps tens and units of time remaining -- or perhaps
white for minutes remaining, and red for minutes expired?
Red light for time expired? (Suggests power fed in through the
pipe supporting it.)
I see part of a lock hanging from the red cylinder on the front,
which I would guess is access to the coin storage.
2297) Looks like a rather nicely made ferrule crimper for three
different sizes of ferrules. The largest is closest to the
hinge points, which gives the most leverage to the hardest to
Since it appears to be made of brass or bronze, I would guess
that it is made non-sparking to use in the presence of flamable
gasses, perhaps hydrogen, for crimping ferrules on gas hoses to
secure them onto barbed fittings.
2298) I would guess that a pull on the lower ring retracts the
Perhaps it is some weird form of fishhook (perhaps for something
like eels or other uncommon water denizens, and pulling on the
lower ring allows it to be removed from the critter in
Now to post this and look to see what others have suggested.
This tool is actually food related and is also associated with a
Could be, I don't know the answer for this one, I thought it might be a
gambling device but that's just a guess, though I don't understand why it
has a push coin slot on the side and another coin slot in the red cylinder
on the front.
I shot the photo of this device while touring a very old building that used
to be a brewery. The tour guide guessed that it could be a barrel counter
but I don't buy that since it has coin slots.
Here are the answers for this week:
this is way too late, Rob, but I think I know what it is, although I
don't have a clue how it interfaced to "the rest of the story".
It now (kind of) looks to me like it was a coin-operated 'settable' air
dispensor for filling tires. Even the setting it was left at would sort
of agree with that (27 psi?)
I didn't see anything else on it that would indicate air in or air out,
but it looks similar to the old Air-Flator thingy's at gas stations, only
more primitive. They didn't have a lot of visible in/out stuff either,
except for the hose hanger hook on the front -- the outlets were on the
I noticed there are 4 screws missing from the top, so I think we're not
seeing the whole thing. Maybe it was a scale? Or a light?
I can't buy the 27 psi suggested by Lloyd as there was adequate room for
BOTH the 2 and the 7 right above the coin input device.
Clearly another torture device. ; )
"Lloyd E. Sponenburgh" <lloydspinsidemindspring.com> wrote in message
I agree with Lloyd on it probably being an air dispenser.
However, it appears to me that the red tube thing on the front
has a padlock at the bottom so it is likely that it secures the coin
bin and the slot at the top is not a coin slot per se.
You might be right about the slot not being for coins, the image at the link
below is a close-up of the red cylinder, it appears to be locked in place by
the padlock and the two metal strips on the front. I don't see how it could
be securing the coin bin which would be inside of the box. The slot doesn't
look like it enters the cylinder as I first thought, if it did I think it
would be darker, the red seen in the slot looks more like a red cap on top
of the cylinder, although I used a flash so maybe it lit up the interior.
I sent an email asking them to take a look at the back to see if there are
any clues, I'll post their reply if I get one.
The cylinder looks to be about 9" tall and 2" in diameter, big enough
for approximately 100 Morgan silver dollars. They would weigh nearly
six pounds, which a potential gambler could heft by sliding the cylinder
up and down. At a time and place where large silver coins were used,
this may have been a good way of enticing people to try their luck.
I did some searching on this idea but didn't have any luck, I'd like this
theory more if the two number dials were side by side instead of one on top
of the other. Hopefully I'll hear back from my email to the tour guide and
we'll see if he confirms whether it could be part of an air compressor or
I find it interesting that the numbers on the side correspond to the
numbers on the red and white dials. If it *is* an air pump, you
wouldn't have two dials, you'd most likely have a knob on the front.
Also - was it tilting? I just noticed the way it is sitting in
relation to the bricks in the wall behind it.
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