I don't know the answers for number 19 and 21:
18. Someone sent this in, I had a similar tool on the site a couple years
ago, so you can test your memory with this one:
19. The person who submitted the photo said "This came out of a boiler plant
for a hospital I worked for back in 1988", I thought the patent would be
easy to find but I didn't have any luck:
20. Around 48" long:
20 - Guessing: A probe for locating pipe, or some other object,
Jeff may have hit onto something. Are the cheese boxes a clue? Does
it possibly have something to do with cheese processing/making?
The wooden handle appears to be relatively clean... no stains or dirt
from utility use.
Nope , it's a ground probe . Used to find soft areas (among other uses) to
locate a leaky water pipe . I had never seen one until just a couple of
weeks ago , the guy I've been working with (rental mtce.) had one in his
truck , and I asked ...
My guess is that #19 is a variation of this patent:
Which Jasper Fisher called an "exhaust head". Kind of a steam trap with no
It is a gizmo to catch and separate the water and oil in steam exhaust so it
doesn't just get puked into the air.
Paul K. Dickman
Thanks! I think you're right, it might even be the actual patent, I've seen
a number of tools with inaccurate patent dates, two of the three date
numbers are the same so it could have been changed by a typo, bad memory, or
The Fisher Governor Company began with an invention in 1880. Its primary
interest was to regulate pipe pressure by regulating pumps, regulating
fuel, or relieving pressure. It also made devices to remove gases from
As Snag also mentioned, this is correct, the person selling it said that it
was a probe for finding drainage tiles.
Jeff had mentioned the cheese boxes that could be seen in the same photo,
here is a better shot of them:
They were readily available until the late forties.The one I have
downstairs is the one my Grandfather used as a sewing kit when he came
to live with us after Grandmother passed away in 1946.
#21 looks like it may be a basket to hold parts for dipping in a parts
I used a similar one back when I worked in a sewing machine company in
the early 60s.
The parts had to be cleaned of a preservative coating before machining.
I do remember the cleaner was solvasol.
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