Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always:
2617) These look like counterweights for something. Likely theater
curtains at a guess.
They could be anchors for small craft like rowboats, but the
rings on some of them could rust away in a season.
2618) Given the size (too small for a flashlight bulb) I'm going to
guess that this is a solar-powered cigarette lighter -- it
focuses the heat of the sun on the end of a cigarette placed
through the hole.
I guess that it could also be used to light a fuse on an
explosive device at a particular hour if set up right.
2619) O.K. The second could be used as a plumber's snake, but the
first one looks more like something designed to feed through a
pipe and then (as the orange device springs out from passing
through the pipe, it will hook on the end and when you pull
back, it will turn at right angles, and pull on the whole of the
The angle of view of the first one does not make it clear
whether it is a steel tape, or a wire, but the function would be
similar. The wire would be harder to grip and pull on without
gloves, of course. :-)
2620) A simple puzzle, missing the small ball which drops in from the
A trap for some kind of large insect or small rodent?
2621) A travel burglar alarm? You set it like a wedge as a door
stop, but in addition to making the door more difficult to open,
it closes a contact and sounds an alarm.
2622) Perhaps a rack for transporting a bicycle on the back of a car?
Now to post this, and then see what others have suggested.
I think the orange in the first one is a fold out handle/clamp. the
tape continues out to a ball in the upper left corner (not easy to see
in the picture). To push the snake out the pipe, just flip out the
handle till it clamps and keep pushing. When bring the snake back in
the handle can be used to coil the tape back on the inside of the
coil. pulling on the coil itself when things get tough.
2617. Okay, think back to the Wild West Days. Sometimes a fella needed a
portable way to
tie up his horseaway from the wagon. Not a whole lot of trees out on the
prairie. (Why would
you tie up your horse to the wagon all night where said horse is going to do his
where he stands. Gotta be 'Less-than-wonderful' smell.) Believe it or not, it
worked! The owner
of the company where I work uses one (solid bronze, I think) to hold open a door
As far as door counter-balance weights are concerned. They are, typically,
taller and slimmer
than these being shown. Same owner has one of those holding open the other
Thanks, I learned about a few items I'd never seen. And had fun, too.
Christopher A. Young
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They have all been answered correctly this week, thanks to everyone who
supplied the answer for the drain snake.
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