2989, crock pot used by midgit canibals.
2990, totally no clue.
2991, gage for measuring V belts?
2992, maybe some kind of crop harvester?
2993, some kind of punch, but no information beyond that.
2994, fireplace grate?
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The text on the tool appears to say Stoco, the only reference that I could find
this company is this lathe on ebay, looks like it might use small belts:
Stoco in Switzerland has been in business 50 years.
Offer you, thanks to our know-how recognized as well as our capacity for
innovation solutions in the fields of Assembly of high precision. "
It looks as if the tool would measure o-rings 38-44mm in diameter.
2989 is a common form of cauldron made by coppersmiths up until the 20th
century. It could have been used for anything from dying cloth to rendering
I think 2991 is for measuring o-rings.
Paul K. Dickman
2992: I've seen similar devices used for pulling stakes... like those
anchoring circus tents and all that. But 2992 doesn't seem beefy enough
Pretty sure it's used to pull something out of the ground....
O.K. Posting from the usenet newsgroup rec.crafts.metalworking
as always. Where are the rest of you posting from -- there are three in
the cross-posting list above.
2989) Hmm ... I would be interested to see photos of the interior of
If it is bare copper, then I would suggest that was is for
handling large batches of laundry -- in pre washing-machine
Hmm ... also perhaps from an old whaling ship, used for
rendering the blubber into whale oil. A cast-iron one would
both weigh too much to be practical on shipboard, and be too
vulnerable from rusting from the salt spray.
However, if it has been coated on the inside with tin, it could
be likely be for large scale food preparation. (Perhaps for
cooking two or three missionaries at a time? :-)
The port in the dark area near the bottom is interesting, but
given the size, you can't just tip it over to empty it. :-) And
if it is for rendering whale oil, it would give an easy way to
decant it into barrels for storage -- with some form of valve to
turn on and off the flow.
What is that warning to the bottom right of the image? A "Do
2990) This is rather large for the purpose, but it is somewhat like
the mounting bracket for floor lamp shades.
2991) A tool for measuring the inside diameter of a loop of some
flexible material, such as perhaps an automotive V-belt.
Put the round "puck" inside the belt, squeeze the handle and the
plunger together, and read the belt size from the scale on the
Hmm ... markings from 36 to 44 -- obviously not inches. With
about 5" of length, perhaps something close to 1" diameter for
the closed puck, or 25.4 mm -- so make it 25mm, and the scale
does not start until the marker on the shank has moved about the
equivalent of one unit or a bit less. So -- if that "36" is mm,
then fully closed it is something like 35mm diameter, which
would call for a diameter of about 11mm which is a lot too small
based on the rest of the image, so the units are not mm.
Maybe make it tenths of an inch, so a fully closed 1" diameter
would be just a bit over 31 tenths, or 3.1" So -- lacking other
units to work with, let's call it tenths of an inch. And the
belts are perhaps a reasonable size for drive belts in cassette
tape recorders (but they are a bit too new for this), or perhaps
for measuring O-ring sizes.
Maybe for measuring the size of bracelets in a jeweler's store.
2992) Looks like a tool for cutting off plants close to the ground.
Perhaps for harvesting heads of lettuce or something similar.
A bit flimsy for many other tasks.
2993) For puncturing curved metal straps, perhaps prior to attaching
via screws to more straps, or to allow setting it up to lock at
a particular sized loop -- perhaps for hanging pipes from
2994) Hmm ... could be for lying in state of a high-ranking
child who has died. An appropriate mattress would be
fitted inside, and ceremonial lamps at the near corners filled
with oil and lighted.
Now to post and then see what others have said.
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