Oh, bother. I bet you're right. My Dad used to use a waxer, to do cut and
paste. He used to use a wooden thing to press down the waxed part. But,
that could be just exactly it.
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Could it have been used to wax graphics etc. for paste-up?
2485 the reading from some kind of postal scale?
2486 looks like something the post office would use, to seal a glue strip.
Roll it a couple times, to set the glue?
2487 is a robo vaccinator, used in sheep ranches, where they have to
vaccinate hundreds of sheep. Most farmers neglect to change the needle every
time. Either that, or it's the tone arm of a rather old accoustic record
2488 could be an electrical fence tightener. Either that, or it's a can and
2489 defenseive sword, designed with grips like a long reach grabber. So
that patients in nursing homes can have some self defense against robbers.
Either that, or egonomic knives for meat packing plant?
2490 cat carrier box, for the rich and famous cats
Christopher A. Young
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I need some help with the second item in this week's post:
O.K. The compete image of the stylus pressure gauge confirms
my earlier guess that it was rather old -- this time based on the
drawing of the stylus (or "needle" as they call it, another point for it
being old. :-) However, it is newer than the tone arm two photos down. :-)
Also -- for the last quality ones made, the scale needs to be
expanded to allow distinguishing clearly between 1 gram and 0.75 gram.
(I'm not sure that they ever went below that level. :-)
In that case your guess makes a lot more sense, I had no idea what you had
in mind when I first read your post. The lighting wasn't very good where I
took the photos so that's why they look a little less metallic than they
would have otherwise.
2485: Mail Scale?
2486: Flooring roller?
2487: Victrola Arm Needle?
2488: Can opener, tab puller
2489: Scissors, but for who or what? Sheep Shearers?
2490: Music Player?
On 2/23/2012 4:18 AM, Rob H. wrote:
Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
2485) A stylus (phonograph needle) pressure gauge. A fairly old one,
given that there are two scales. The grams (red) scale is right
for higher quality turntables and the Ounce scale (blue or
Note the two dimples in the flat spring -- the first quite near
the end which is clamped, and the other perhaps 3/4" or 1" up
The dimple closer to the clamp bar and screws is for the ounces
scale, the one farther from them is for the grams scale. The
needle is pressed in the appropriate dimple and the flat spring
deflects to tell the stylus force.
2486) Intersting. Brass for weight. Knurled surface rollers for
rolling something (adhesive tape, perhaps) into firm contact.
The ball end could be used as a hammer to perhaps soften the
surface a bit. The other end, with the cavity would not be good
for hitting most things.
Could it perhaps be for patching inner tubes or tires casings?
2487) A seriously old phonograph tone arm -- purely acoustical, and
likely from a wind up (spring driven) turntable. The needle
moves a metal diaphragm through leverage, and the sound from
that diaphragm travels through the hollow jointed arm (which
increases in diameter and joins a tapered horn inside the
housing to amplify the sound and feed it to the listeners.
I'm not sure, but I suspect that the stylus force from this one
is above the range of the gauge in (2485) above.
2488) I don't know for sure, but I suspect that this is designed
to open tin (food) cans, and then to serve as a handle on the
opened (and likely heated) can -- say for cooking beans over a
2489) Perhaps to strap to the legs of an animal (cattle, horse,
whatever) to control wandering?
2490) Looks like some form of mailbox -- except for all the
Given the unmounted telegraph key beside it, it may be part of a
museum exhibit of communications devices and systems, so it
might be for a carrier pigeon.
Sort of looks like some kind of image projector behind it. A
bit large (and old) for 35mm slides, but it may work with some
older "magic lantern" slides.
Now to send this off, and then see what others have suggested.
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