I didn't have much time in the past couple of days to research any of the
guesses, but now after spending a few minutes looking around the web I think
that flaring tool is correct for the last item in this week's set. Similar
ones can be seen on these links:
I changed my answer for this item and added the three links above to my
2587 - The flat piece is a rapid clip. Allows the pistol to be stuck in
a boot top, tucked in a hidden fold, or stuck in the harness on a horse
to secure it. The hooks are part of the ramrod latch.
2588 - Hair tonic bottles?
2589 - Bowling ball rack from an old alley, The local place has one
painter dark blue.
2591 - Part of a soda fountain?
2592 - Looks like a piece of hardware from old scaffolding. It slides
up/down a bar with holes in it. The pointed plunger locks into those
holes and locks the cross bar as well. Then the side screw tightens down
to secure it all.
I'm disappointed, I didn't get the flaring tool. I own two sets of the
modern kind. That did look like the single flare device, but I didn't make
the mental connection.
Christopher A. Young
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Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always:
2587) A trap gun. The links at the front allow it to pivot
vertically around the vicinity of the muzzle, and the flat metal
part is used to adjust the angle to prop it up to shoot higher
or lower as it pivots around that front link.
I also note a hole in the front of the trigger guard in the
second photo which might clear the threaded steel rod sitting
under it -- which could be used to press the trigger via a
2588) Root beer?
2589) Looks like it might be a stand for seven rifles -- perhaps at
an Army or National Guard barracks?
2590) Hmm ... the jaws look similar to a tool which I have used which
serves to nibble through sheet metal -- but the jaws are too
widely spaced on this for that. Perhaps could be used to
nibble glass -- perhaps for making stained glass windows?
The second set of jaws -- on the handle side of the pivot might
serve for cracking walnuts or the like?
2591) Very familiar to me -- except for being so short. Those are
sections of lightning rod and couplers.
These particular ones are either for demonstrating how the
product goes together, or for fixing "oops" in selecting the
length of rod. :-)
2592) Perhaps serves as a spring loaded center punch for marking a
particular style of workpiece prior to center drilling?
Now to post and then see what others have suggested.
I agree that the inside jaws were probably meant to be a nut cracker. A few
people have suggested that this tool is a can opener, one person specified
it was for sardine tins, I think that can opener is correct and will have it
as my answer until I find proof otherwise.
Still not sure about the last item but the rest of the answers have been
Hmm ... about that last item -- 2592. I've got another
suggestion sort of related to my first opinion but which I did not write
down as being particularly likely -- until I just considered some more
The eye in the bottom piece appears to be beveled from both
sides. This suggests to me that a possible function for it would be:
It slides along the beam of a fairly heavy balance -- with a
weight hanging from the eye. The sharp pin could fit into holes along
the beam for fairly repeatable precision of locations, which would be
multipliers for the weight added by the sliding device and whatever
hangs from it.
Thought you might find this particular patent of interest here:
"IMPROVEMENT IN CAN-OPENERS
Patent number: 191416
Filing date: Apr 21, 1877
Issue date: May 29, 1877"
While it is at "www.the-canopener.com", the text identifying it
(above the photo, not in the photo) says "Shearer or Snip", which is
closer to what I was suggesting for the end jaws. Certainly the upper
of the two looks pretty close to what you had up there. The lower one
does not have the projections for the auto-opening spring.
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