That's what I was thinking but I couldn't find any others like it on the web.
Below is more information on it from the owner.
"There are no markings of any kind. The interface between the lever that
the cutters and the dial is missing. There is a small screw in roughly the
and beneath the lever that operates the cutters. There is a hole in the center
shaft that moves the indicator on the dial."
I'm thinking 3073 is for measuring out string or wire, nothing more than
that. I think the string or wire is wrapped around the
3076 is tough without a larger image of the anvil secion, but could this
be for welding band saw blades, or crimping two flat bands together?
3073 This looks like a dial-indicator thickness measuring device.
Probably for something like paper or fiber.
It is missing a thread wrapped around the cylinder on the pointer axis
and terminated on the nearby screw on the lever. The test object goes
between the blades at the top of the first two pictures. The pivot near
the right-hand blade in the third picture gives a large mechanical
advantage to the thread attachment. What I don't see is the return
spring, but it may be a spiral under the face.
On 1/9/2014 4:04 AM, Rob H. wrote:
It is certainly similar enough -- and it *might* be the same
one, photographed by a previous owner. It still looks like a shop-made
tool, not a purchased one.
O.K. Not identical -- this one goes to 360, not to 100, but
likely made by the same hands. And in spite of the auction saying "360
Degrees", it does not measure degrees -- it measures thickness or
diameter of small objects like gears and shafts.
But I *did* suggest earlier that it was made by a watchmaker,
based on various features of the dial.
Posting from my desk top PC in the living
room, as always.
3073, my first thought was a meat scale for a
butcher shop. Looking more, I'm less sure.
3074, totally no clue.
3075, I suspect a combination paint can opener,
and bottle opener. Pepsi cola hits the spot....
(Yes, i can finish the jingle...)
3076, totally no clue
3077, my first thought was paper cutter, with the
handle and blade missing. Looking closer, it
appears to be some kind of cutter, but needs
a longer handle for leverage.
3078, no clue.
Thanks, it's amazing how much technology is out there,
and we've collectively forgotten so much.
3074. Guess: Vise used in a factory. What I thought at first was a
leveler, is apparently part of the gripping mechanism. The handle that
opens, swings, and locks down, is too.
Maybe it's related to the railroad (WAG)? This one is Great--whatever
Posting from the usenet newsgroup rec.crafts.metalworking as
always. (Which of the three cross-posted newsgroups are *you* posting
3073) A one-off measuring device -- apparently from 0.000" to 0.100".
Made by a skilled toolmaker -- likely for his own use, as there
is no brand or maker's name visible. The dial is hand lettered
by someone with a really good hand. And it looks like the kind
of enameled dial face that a good watch would have, which
suggests that this was made by a skilled watchmaker. The
decorative feet were another nice touch.
There appears to be a part missing -- a fine strand of steel
spring stock going from around the central cylindrical part to
the nearby screw in the arm.
There is likely either a spring under the dial to return the
hand to the zero position, or the spring or wire which went
around the cylinder would then continue to a small extension
spring to provide the return force.
It was used on the workbench, with one hand opening the jaws by
moving the projecting (through the curved slot) knob at the end
of the lever to the fully open position, while the other hand
placed the item to be measured between the jaws prior to
releasing the lever to allow spring force to close it.
I doubt that you will find another of these to compare it to, so
just work by the obvious function of the device -- a precision
3074) Sorry -- without the ability to hold it in my hands and see what
moves where and how, I've really got no guess as to what its
I think that it is missing some part near the top back in the
It is obvious that it is screwed to a bench, and the disc/knob at
the bottom could become a presser plate to hold something down
to the bench surface -- but that does not explain the upper
parts of it at all to me.
3075) Left hand end is a bottle opener.
The right hand end might work with some kind of beer tap and/or
3076) Some kind of early press for forming coffee into pucks?
Or -- for cutting something which comes in ribbon form?
Again -- not enough views, and not enough hands-on
Maybe for cutting the ends of bandsaw blades, and then holding
them with the proper overlap so they can be brazed into a
And it appears to be sitting on a gas stove, but I suspect that
has no relationship to what it does.
3077) Looks like it might be used for cutting the end of a wooden
dowel to produce a clean end.
And -- it looks like the ridges in the base plate are spaced at
1" intervals. Not sure why the base plate needs to be so heavy.
3078) For holding balls from a bingo (or other gambling) set?
Now to post and then see what others have suggested.
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