2629, vaguely resembles boxes used for sound equipment, for travelling
musicians. Except for the open ends....
2630, no clue.
2631, the ramped compartments at the ends might be for coins?
2632, and it's still unidentified.
2633, maybe a bread box?
2634, no clue.
Great selection, this week. I sense that I'm going to learn a lot.
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Today's set of items has been posted:
2629 looks like the sort of re-usable box used to store an expensive,
delicate part in a factory between fabrication and installation. Could be
for aircraft, turbine, missile, tank, etc. The openings at the ends may
mean it held a shaft that rested on the semicircular cutout (which looks
like it is metal-lined for wear). The little removeable sides allowed it to
be picked up more easily.
2630 Shul-son made cobblers and leather tools. Maybe ask a leather worker.
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
2629) Purely a guess, but I suspect it is for some form of
airborne ordinance -- probably mounted on a central pole
under the wing. The two openable ports at the end would allow
it to be slid onto the pole and then the box lowered from under
the ordinance. (Probably a rocket of some sort, and maybe after
it is mounted on the pole, a guidance system will be inserted in
2630) No guess at all.
2631) It looks as though the drawer shown could hold paper money in the
back compartments, and coins in the front ones. The curved
front of the front compartments makes it easy to scoop out
When the central drawer is locked, does it also lock the other
If it were not for the compartments in the shown drawers, I
would think that it would make an excellent machinist's
2632) Without other views, I don't know.
I suspect that there is a center hole in the right-hand end and
a plunger which would push out something from the center hole
when the handles ase squeezed.
Really -- other views, including the end of the tube, and
details of the handle pivots would make this a lot easier.
2633) Assuming that the darker wood is the only part being asked
about and it is just sitting freely on the lighter wood, I think
that this could be used as a shoeshine box with the heel of the
shoe resting behind the cross-bar on top center.
2634) This looks like a template for trimming the end of 16mm movie
film. Just a guess, though.
Now to post and then see what others have suggested.
Someone had taken just one photo of this tool over ten years ago, so I can't
get more pictures at this time. This device and the large box are still
mysteries for now, the rest of the answers can be seen here:
From an earlier set, I am remembering something about 2632 being used in
repair of tires, maybe early tube tires on rims. Separate the tire from the
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#2629 appears to have started life as a shipping crate for some heavy
piece of machinery. Something round with a heavy duty shaft on either end.
Someone then decorated the sturdy box for who knows what.
A lot of Manhattan apartments are in converted factories. With the
wheels, the box looks about three feet high. A maintenance man may have
adapted it as a combination scaffold and tool chest. The sideboards
appear to be a foot off the floor. They would help a worker step onto
the box and serve as foot rests if he used the box as a high seat.
The slots suggest it was made for something with a shaft. The doors
suggest that the shaft was removed before they were closed. That sounds
like a beam for a loom.
Patterson, the world's silk capital, was 20 miles away. For cotton and
wool, the world's biggest mill complex was 150 miles up the Hudson. An
apparel manufacturer might pay top dollar for a single roll of cloth
woven to his specifications on a quick turnaround. A mill might not
even accept an order for one roll.
I see a market for small weave shops in Manhattan. A mill would gladly
wind beams for them as they would not be competing for large orders. A
weaver would keep several beams of different color patterns on hand. At
the mill, the 836 may have told a foreman what pattern was to be wound
on the beam. The D may have told him what weave shop it was to be
shipped to. At the weave shop, the weaver would want to know which end
of the beam was which so that the box could be properly positioned at
the loom before it was opened. The H door may have identified the head
end of the beam.
2569: If the shaft would fit within the end doors, why have open ends
at all? Why not make the box 2" longer?
I think it was for a spool that was handled by a shaft, which was
withdrawn for shipment. It makes me think of beams in textiles. A beam
might be wound with 1500 threads for the woof. They might have a
particular color pattern. Beams would be wound in one department, then
transported to looms. I don't remember how they were lifted, but it
would have been disastrous for a machine to grab one around the threads.
So, if you have to ship or store a wound beam, you lift it by the shaft
into the box, then withdraw the shaft. Mice would love to chew up yarns
to get nesting material. Hence the doors.
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