I messed around last fall trying to find/figure out what the chain it
originally came with looked like. Mainly if it had any unique ends or
terminations on it. Couldn't find anything... It seems that everyone
else who has posted images don't have the chain either :)
I like how in the patent drawing it shows one end of a chain "tied"
around the fence post. That seems so _wrong_ to me...
Posting from the usenet newsgroup rec.crafts.metalworking as
3151) Do the cylinders with discs roll freely on the three axles?
If so, I think that it could be yet another pasta maker -- roll
out the pasta dough and then roll this over it to cut into
If there is an offest in the discs between rows, it could make
narrower pasta by rolling all three over it, or wider by rolling
a single one.
3152) A lever switch in a protective housing -- with the wires coming
out the hole where the conduit would normally fit to protect the
At a guess, I would say that it could be for switching a
telephone between two lines -- or perhaps for enabling/disabling
an alarm system.
I don't recognize the logo molded into the cover.
Hmm ... a second view suggests that it maybe is a hand cranked
ringer generator with a folding crank. Bolts to the side of a
desk, at a guess.
3153) Hmmm ... nicely made of brass. If the right-hand end did not
have a cap, I would think that it could be a compressed-air
spitball gun. :-)
However, given various features, I think that perhaps it serves
the function of spraying ionized air onto some surface --
perhaps to discharge oppositely charged surfaces, such as the
things used to remove static from old vinyl record surfaces.
3154) A cork puller for wine bottles.
3155) Well ... it is an early example of a "sensitive drill press",
that is one for using small or very small drill bits, and
providing enough feel so you are less likely to push too hard
and break them. It looks like it has a Jacobs chuck (missing
the key) which will handle a maximum of a 3/16" shank on the
And it looks like it is driven by the same kind of round leather
belt used on jeweler's lathes, and on really old treadle powered
3156) Hmmm ... the lever rotates the sprocket wheel, but to what end
is not clear. Both photos show the same side of the device,
although it is rotated to give different views of the ratchet.
Presumably there is a small pulley on the other side, to allow
it to pull something up -- or perhaps tension a fence, given the
frequency of fence tools showing up here. :-)
Now to post and then see what others have suggested.
The metal cylinder and discs are all one solid piece, nothing moves on it at
No answer yet for the drill press but the rest of them for this week have been
The other day someone sent me this item that they were trying to identify:
It's a little hard to read, there is a letter R on the left, O at the top, and A
at the right, and numbers 1-26 around the outer edge. I don't plan to post it on
my site, I found the answer and thought I might as post it and see if anyone
else can name it. It's from the 1930's.
O.K. The use by a watchmaker makes sense given the fitting for
a round leather belt akin to that used by Jeweler's lathes -- both can
be powered by a little desk-top motor with multiple steps on the pulley
for different speeds.
A question occurs to me. The holes drilled in the table top are
(with one exception) not where a careless operator could leave a drill
mark. The column does not swivel -- it just relocates lateraly on a
T-slot in the table. A round column allows the table to be swiveled,
and a careless operator, over time, leaves an arc of partially drilled
(or sometimes through-drilled) holes.
So -- are the majority of those holed tapped (threaded)? If so,
they would be for mounting fixtures to hold a part (likely a plate from
a watch or clock) in just the right place for the hole to be drilled
And while others have suggested fitting the lever to a foot
pedal for convenience, I feel that it is designed to be operated by
fingertip pressure from the operator's index finger. This would make it
easy to control the force, and thus avoid breaking the tiny drill bits
likely to be used in the task. (And, in the process, spoiling the
So -- I say that it is for factory use in production runs --
making watches or small clocks -- set up to drill one particular hole,
with other fixture plates on other similar presses for drilling the
other needed holes. (Or perhaps all of one hole drilled in the day's
production or week's production or whatever, and then a different
fixture is swapped in -- or even the same fixture attached to other of
the multiple holes.
In particular, if there are a mix of tapped holes and smooth
holes, the smooth ones would be for dowel pins to locate the fixture,
and the threaded ones for the screws to secure the fixture to the table.
Here is some further information from the owner of the drill press:
"Maybe your readers can identify this little gem I got at a Ham Radio show for
$5. It is obviously a drill press, has a Jacobs "O" chuck. There are no
markings except for that inventory tag. I am curious as to what the original
When purchased there was a rusty steel plate bolted to the bed with a small pin
just under the bit and the bit was v shaped. Sort of like a tiny pin router.
The throat is only a little more than an inch. It may have been part of a watch
or clock makers kit however the dozen or so tapped holes in the bed may mean it
had other purposes. The drill casting does not move in the T track it is bolted
fast. There is a single large tapped blind hole underneath where it was
probably bolted to some larger machine. It came with a 1/4 inch round leather
drive belt and I have since mounted it on a plywood stand with a small Bodine
motor, it works well for drilling printed circuit boards. There is a very
precise depth stop but I don't know the purpose of the moveable square block at
Some photos of it with a motor mounted:
the secondary brass tube and has been replaced by a wooden dowel, but you can
get the idea from the length)
Thanks, I just updated my answer. I was glad to see the patent was listed at
your link, I just read it and the inventor stated that it's for lighting
furnaces, and near the end of the patent he says it's for lighting "oil burners
and the like." I'll forward the link and the patent on to the owner of it.
O.K. A hamfest item. I've gotten a lot of interesting tools
from hamfests. (Or, given your reference to "watchmaker's kit", you are
likely in the UK, so that would be a "radio rally" I believe. (But then
the $5.00 price argues otherwise. :-)
Is that perhaps the one visible beside it in the 'b' photo?
The bit sounds like it was intended to counterbore around an
already-drilled hole through which the pin fits to center the workpiece
under the cutter.
Or is the bit pointed towards the bottom end? In that case, it
may be an engraving cutter -- and the pin in the plate below could
follow a template for whatever was to be engraved. Perhaps even serial
numbers, built up from blocks of each digit to fit over the pin.
Or to a workbench, to keep it in the proper position for the
belt to reach to the power source -- which in an *old* factory, could
even have been overhead shafts powered by a single steam engine or later
a single electric motor for the whole factory.
Just as I suggested. Watchmaker's tool is even more likely
Is the shaft on which the depth stop fits threaded? That would
offer quite a bit of precision.
Hmm ... is there a group of letters cast into the frame just
behind where the lower bearing mounts? That might give a clue who made
The one on the shaft which supports the pivot for the feed
Is it possible that the shaft is two-part? Telescoping so the
pivot end can be shifted, so the height of the operating lever end can
Nice belting you used. And did you make the pulleys, or did you
luck into a source of them?
Anyway -- it looks as though this nice old tool with get to
servo for a number more years.
Good for you!
Here is the owner's reply to you after I sent the link to him:
"Good sleuthing, thanks. That's an interesting web page for sure. The press in
photo does look identical, the lever, depth adjuster, pulley are the same. The
idea of template machining also agrees with the table plate with a pin that mine
He then sent me this after he contacted the guy at the web site:
"I emailed Hugh Sparks and he doesn't know who made his either but said it was a
typical tool used in the watch/clock industry in the early 20th century."
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