2437 - Looks an awful lot like one of the clamps used on our OLD
stabilization tools. The serrated jaw clamps to whatever, then you use
the open eye on the end to secure it using rope at an angle.
2438 - Darley Crash Axe.
2439 - Glass insulator mount (Patented in 1865 by Louis Cauvet) The pins
are nice but the glass is worth money..
2440 - Nice parlor stove.
2442 - old lever action hoist I think
It looks like it might be Dutch from late 1700s-early 1800s, if I
recognise the type of designs.
The Dutch cast iron stoves were very popular with the ruling class of the
American Colonies during the mid-to-late 1700's -- They made all sorts of
styles from grand to plain, but most had decorated castings.
Many had 'trick' openings and heat exchangers to maximize the way they
heated your room.
Not surprising. The fire service has a way of grabbing things and using
them for unintended uses.
I think there is at least three companies that sell them. Mine is a
Darley and looks just like that one. (little bit more wear though)
Hmm, wonder if the maker used the same castings for other items.
Oh sure, you want what the maker intended again ;-)
You know one thing I have noticed with patents. None of them have
warnings about what can happen if you use the item wrong. It all seems
to end up in the lap of the company that write the instructions....
Really? These things are a couple of bucks apiece at practically every
antique/collectible/junk shop. I think there's some law requiring a bin of
these things be present in every junk shop as a condition of licensing.
Paul Hovnanian mailto: snipped-for-privacy@Hovnanian.com
2437 Bartenders towel holder, also clamps to a towel rack
2438 Swedish fire axe. Trust the Swedes to make a modern looking design.
2439 Barrel plug from the 1800s
2440 coal burning stove
2441 "piton" for rock climbing. This was driven into cracks in the rock, and
a rope tied on.
2442, early version of a "come along" tool, or chain hoist.
2440: I believe it's an old coal-fired water heater.
I swear I've seen one like it in one of the old Audel books --
specifically used to feed a radiator in an automobile garage to
provide heat without the danger of fire, and also a similar one to
provide hot water in a barber shop.
Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
2437) That is big -- and nasty looking. Lots of leverage with that
At a guess, it is intended to couple planks to a pipe structure
for building scaffolds.
2438) A modern Tomahawk?
Perhaps for removing tough underbrush? (How sharp is that
2439) Looks like something designed to adapt tubular steel (perhaps
steel conduit?) screw into a pushbroom.
2440) Fire goes in the bottom, combustion products exit at top
center, perhaps some foodstuffs live in the top section to keep
them warm or even to cook them?
If it were smaller in all dimensions, and had some other
fittings, I would say that it looked like what I remember using
to heat the water for a bath. You poured kerosene into
the bottom, lit a circular wick, and the heat passed through
about four or eight paralleled sections of coiled pipe to heat
water in the pipe. It would rise (by convection, and flow into
the top of a taller tank behind it, and cold (or cooler) water
would flow into the bottom to replace what just exited. After
perhaps a half hour there was enough hot water in the tank to
fill the bathtub to a reasonable temperature. I don't remember
any pressure relief valves on it, but then I was a kid and
wouldn't notice such back then. The house passed out of the
family group about 1980 I think, to it almost certainly has been
replaced -- along with the ball-footed bathtub which was
connected to it.
2441) Rusty iron, or some wood flavor?
If iron, likely something to adjust the height of a rack,
perhaps for cooking large chunks of meat.
2442) Load binder chain tensioner?
2443) -- nope, not there until next week. :-)
So -- I'll post this, and then see what others have suggested.
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