2558. Paddles for measuring out brew ingredients.
2559. Marking gauge - could be used in multiple industries, probably for
2560. Foreskin stretcher, too big for the Australian market, maybe West
2562. Stop or clamp of somesort
2557 Could be melting dishes, but their small size leads me to believe that
they are bone ash cupels. These are used by assayers to do fire assay of
precious metal ores.
The samples would be weighed, wrapped in lead (to help disperse the metals)
and placed in one of these cupels. The sample and dish were then heated to
about 1000c in an oxidizing atmosphere for an extended period of time. The
lead and base metals would oxidize and turn into slag which was absorbed by
the bone ash cupel. The precious metals (which don't oxidize readily) would
be left as a bb in the in the dish,
The weight of the bb divided by the weight of the original sample give you
the ratio of the mine assay (usually expressed in troy oz per ton).
Paul K. Dickman
2557, either ceramic checkers, or maybe mortar, from mortar and pestle.
2558, early dairy farmer's butter spreader.
2559, a marking device. Made to mark / strike a line a certain distance from
the edge of a piece of wood.
2560, totally no clue.
2561, be nice to see the inside. The scores on the side appear to be musical
scale. Suggests that the item has some to do with music.
2562, familiar, but can't think of what it is.
Christopher A. Young
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I need some help with the second last item in this week's set:
You're on the right track but it's not for telephone or telegraph wires.
Still not sure about the wooden item but the rest of the answers can be seen
2561 - Looks like an early temple block. They were used to keep the
monks attention on chants during prayers. This one is a hanging version
so it may have been used to call the monks to prayer or to call the
attention of the spirits to hear the prayers.
Shinto, Buddhist, Taoist, Confucianism all used similar items.
I agree that it's probably something along this line, a couple people have
suggested it's some type of musical instrument. I've done some searching
but didn't see anything like it, hard to say for sure if it's a temple block
or a folk instrument but it does look like it was used for percussion. I
sent the owner of it an email asking them to hit it with a drum stick to see
what kind of sound it makes. Thanks
It isn't a musical instrument really. It was a wooden version of a gong.
Made to just kind of thunk when hit with the striker. If you want the
correct note try using a small rubber mallet. The correct clapper would
have been a silk wrapped wooden ball hanging from the hole in the
bottom. There are not a lot of them in the western world and very few
are seen outside of the temples they were made for.
The hollow bass thunk you hear in this video is what they sound like
Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
2557) Perhaps crucibles for melting precious metals like gold and
2558) paddles for stirring the "mash" in making whisky?
2559) Scriber to mark a line parallel to an edge of a workpiece and
at a fixed distance therefrom.
Is there a wedge to hold the cross-piece at a fixed distance?
2560) For gripping something -- but I have no idea what it is to
2561) At a guess, something which hangs from a chain or rope
and makes music as it moves.
Wood, so it is not chimes made from a propane tank ro the like.
Perhaps it is made to hold a substance which when heated
releases an insect repellent.
2562) Looks as though it is made to clamp a horizontal 2x4 to a
vertical one for temporary structures.
Now to post this and find out what others have said.
Wind activated musical instrument that either:
Houses wind chimes and can be turned on/off
by sliding the two halves together or apart on the
Creates a 'blowing across the top of a Coke bottle'
If either, the sensitivity and frequency could be
varied by the distance the halves were separated.
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