Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
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2857) Quite an interesting item.
First glance says military, based on the color, but
not quite right for US Army equipment.
Closer looks say that it is from Russia. (The lettering on the
controls, and on the globe look Cyrrilic to me.
Given the fact that there is a complete globe in it, and the
fact that it has scales marked in degrees, and at least one dial
in degrees, minutes and seconds, I suspect that it is a target
entry console for an ICBM.
In particular, I find the thick red lines at the borders between
the US and the neighboring countries to be of interest. I
suspect that the globe is in there to serve as a double-check
that the latitude and longitude were entered correctly. You
dial in the setting, then look at the map to make sure that it
looks like where you wanted to hit.
I suspect that the knob to the bottom right of the globe is the
arming switch, with a safety lock around it.
And -- it looks like it is designed to mount in a console.
I would be interrested in seeing a translation of the control
markings once the answers are all in.
2858) Hmm ... I suspect that the larger plug should also have an
O-ring in the groove between where the threads end and the
knurled knob starts.
At a guess, this was for sampling the atmosphere, for detecting
poisonous or explosive gasses which are common in coal mines.
It may hold some absorbent material, and have a pump pulling air
into it for some hours or days.
2859) My first guess was that it was to puncture cans like oil cans or
beverage cans. (No dimensions to select between the twoP.
However, the points are not sharp enough. So -- they may be to
open valves in a cylindrical object, or to hold a screw-in lid
against rotating by the pins in (perhaps blind) holes, while the
cylindrical object itself is rotated below to screw in or
unscrew a lid.
2860) A paddle for use on only one side of a canoe (one hand grips
the T-bar at the top, and the other hand grips part-way down the
handle. but it would be difficult to swap sides quickly.
Or -- it could be for stirring something being mixed, a large
amount of stew, or a paint, or fertilizer, or whatever.
2861) Looks like a tool for crimping either large electrical
terminals, or swaged fittings on the end of steel cables.
It has sockets for three different sizes -- and the chained
semi-circles could be used to adapt to two other sizes.
However -- one feature does not look right for that purpose.
The larger notches are at a greater distance from the threaded
bar which applies the force. Unless it is way undersized for the
2862) The black cylindrical object is a battery -- to be filled with
acid just prior to use.
Are the wired rods in the third photo a part of the battery or
At a guess, it is a portable (likely military) telegraph, hooked
to the wires, and to a headphone, while the spring-loaded button
is the sending key.
I would be interested to know what lives in the drawer.
And the three-fingered thing is another puzzle.
Time to post this, and then see what others have suggested.
I'll ask the owner if the two probes are hooked up to anything, the cords on
them are 48" long, and will also ask about the drawer, I'm guessing that the 3
wire tool was in it.
Still not sure about two of them but the rest of the answers have been posted:
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