Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as always. Where are *you*
posting from, since these are cross-posted to three newsgroups.
2977) Intersting. I would like more views of it.
At first thought, I considered it to be an advertising belt
buckle, but the single hole at the top -- only on the back plate
is not right for that. Perhaps something to hold a few dollar
bills (or larger) in something contoured to fit a hip pocket.
2978) Anti-kickback fingers for a circular saw -- either a table saw
or a radial arm saw.
2979) I think for hand carding wool or flax.
2980) Hmm ... what is the material?
If wood, it could be a floating safe to hold valuables. (And it
looks as though there was a third part which screwed onto the
If Metal -- particularly if cast iron, it could be a weapon,
particularly an explosive (powder long ago washed out) held on
long pole at the front of an attacking ship. I guess that it
could also be some form of projectile.
2981) I have no idea what it was made to be, but I can see at least
one possible use for it. A cylindrical roll of twine could
slide over the upper part, and the fingers could catch the twine
to keep it from unwinding under gravity -- but if you grab the
end and pull, the spring loaded fingers will release in turn
until you have as much as you want and then cut off, leaving the
remainder of the twine waiting for the next need.
Rather nicely made, too.
Now to post this and see what others have suggested.
It's metal but I couldn't find a reference for any of the suggestions for it.
Answers to four of this week's items have been posted:
As I also mention on the site, I'll be posting on Wednesday next week. Thanks to
all who participated, have a great weekend everyone!
A couple of wild guesses:
2980: A safety plug fitted to the (expansion) chamber of a substantial
wood/coal fired steam engine. I'm guessing that the core of the male
threaded part is lead filled. The female cap may also be of lead. Female
part removed when testing the boiler at overpressure but fitted during
normal use. This might tally with its location.
2982: An instrument for rough aiming of either an optical instrument
(telescope, panoramic camera?) or artillery. Used outdoors but not
constantly (Protect from weather when not in use). Dowel holes (?) in base
for precise compass alignment.
Dunno. Would say relatively modern and well made. Could be nautical but
I really enjoy RobH's weekly What Is It. Gives the little grey cells some
2982: I see it has 32 points as well as degrees.
When the Man Overboard Alarm rang, I'd run up to the flying bridge and
point. Somebody down on the bridge would get the approximate relative
bearing by looking at my arm, then convert it to a true bearing. I'd
lose sight of the life jacket, but we could come back to the spot.
This device might enable a military or civilian lookout to report a
bearing to the nearest degree or nearest point. He wouldn't want much
magnification on a rolling ship. I imagine the lens would normally be
turned down with the lid closed with a canvas cover over the whole thing.
A lookout might report the relative bearing of a small boat, a buoy, or
a reef, for examples. Before radar, a lookout would report ships.
Sounds like that would work but I sure don't know if it's correct or not. I'll
mention your idea to the owner the next time I see him at the flea market. I had
sent photos of this device to several surveying sites but none of them could
the side of a wooden container or a large barrel. The object is to knock loose
the individual grains growing on top of the stalks.
loaded into a mechanical chaffer.
polishing produced 'white' rice. ( all of the outer layers of the individual
rice grain removed.)
consuming, ineffective, and maybe possibly for harvesting individual batches
from boutique plants.
The person who sent me the photos had just returned from a trip to Korea where
he had purchased the device. He was told that's what it was for, you're right
that it doesn't look very efficient, maybe you are correct about it being used
for individual batches. I'm always happy to change my answers when a good
reference is provided, but for now I don't have any better ideas for this item.
Seems like it's been a while since I posted a close up of an everyday object,
but I have something in the same ballpark coming up on Wednesday. It's a small
part of an object that everyone would recognize, but if you've never actually
used the object it would be difficult to identify the small part.
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