# What is it? Weekend Edition 6

I don't know the answers for the first two, but I think that I know the purpose of #24 & 25:
22. 3-1/2" long, someone found this underground in their garden:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/harnett65/Album11/pic22.jpg
23.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/harnett65/Album11/pic23.jpg
24. The owner's description: It opens and closes and it has an attached brass square that flips down.It has two brass squares that are not attached.It is marked Made in Germany so it predates WWII.only about 1/8" thick.The one square that is permanently attached folds down in either direction to "prop it up", I don't know if that is it's primary function though.It has 2 brass squares not attached, A SOLID RECTANGLE AND A "FRAME TYPE RECTANGLE brass plate dimensions -The larger two are exactly 36mm x 25mm.The one that is connected is 28mm x 21mm.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/harnett65/Album11/pic24.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/harnett65/Album11/pic24a.jpg
25. 8" diameter:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/harnett65/Album11/pic25.jpg
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Guessing: # 22: A hanging plant's finial.... attaches to a stand/trellis at the cove (2" mark)?
#23, my first thought was a dent puller or similarly functioning tool. Cork screw?
Sonny
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Rob H. wrote:

In some ways it resembles a hood ornament from a car. Of course, one might expect a little more symmetry at the top for that.
Bill

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Rob H. wrote:

Corkscrew?
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22, a decoration that fell off. 23, coat hanger for a mud room or closet/ 24, cigar cutter, cigarette holder 25, smelter of some sort?
On 10/02/2010 12:02 PM, Rob H. wrote:

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#24 is a picture frame. It's intended to be carried in the pocket or luggage of a traveling man. Back in the days when traveling involved a train or a steamship or a dirigible, a quick business trip meant you might be away from your family for a month. It's a more manly version of the locket.
Paul K. Dickman

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That's exactly what I was thinking it was for.
Rob
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Or perhaps a frame for holding and displaying identication documents?

Concur.
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On 10/2/10 12:02 PM, Rob H. wrote:

The center hole appears to have the same volume as the others, about 4 cubic inches or 65ml. That's big enough for the contents of an egg, but who would want to cook eggs that way?
The 7 holes could be to ration something used daily for a week.
Brylcreem, a little dab'll do ya, Use more, only if you dare, But watch out, The gals will all pursue ya,-- They'll love to put their fingers through your hair.
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On 10/2/10 11:31 PM, J Burns wrote:

Was it made for Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd? He used so much Brylcreem that under the stage lights it would melt and run down over his face.
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If you have any left

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On 10/2/10 5:25 AM, George W Frost wrote:

Hair loss could be why Brylcreem should be used sparingly.
http://www.pink-floyd.org/barrett/syd_img/expressnov2001.jpg

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Rob H. wrote the following:

Bung remover for a wine barrel?.

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Bill
In Hamptonburgh, NY
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22. 3-1/2" long, someone found this underground in their garden:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/harnett65/Album11/pic22.jpg
CY: Somhow, the small hook looks like it's meant to hang on a rod or something.
23.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/harnett65/Album11/pic23.jpg
CY: My sense is a halyerd (probably spelt that wong). On a boat, or side of building. You'd pilot hole and then screw this in. The dark part would be used for securing a rope.
24. The owner's description: It opens and closes and it has an attached brass square that flips down.It has two brass squares that are not attached.It is marked Made in Germany so it predates WWII.only about 1/8" thick.The one square that is permanently attached folds down in either direction to "prop it up", I don't know if that is it's primary function though.It has 2 brass squares not attached, A SOLID RECTANGLE AND A "FRAME TYPE RECTANGLE brass plate dimensions -The larger two are exactly 36mm x 25mm.The one that is connected is 28mm x 21mm.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/harnett65/Album11/pic24.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/harnett65/Album11/pic24a.jpg
CY: Photo album for a trvelling man.
25. 8" diameter:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/harnett65/Album11/pic25.jpg
CY: Nothing comes to mind.
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On 10/3/10 3:05 PM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

Those who know the ropes usually spell it C-L-E-A-T, but when they tell you to secure a line to one they spell it H-A-L-Y-A-R-D.
Here's a picture of one. http://www.uscg.mil/d5/cgcCleat/default.asp
Notice it has two screws. That way it doesn't need much depth, and it won't wiggle and work loose.
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On 10/3/2010 4:48 PM, J Burns wrote:

One thing I noticed is that there appear to be finger-sized depressions on the top of one of the wings, giving me the idea that it is to be held in some way, but not used as a pull, or the depressions would be on the underside. Mouse
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On 10/3/10 5:09 PM, Mouse wrote:

I don't know what to make of that, but there appears to be vegetation at the collar and dried mud in the threads. I don't know why anyone would screw it into the ground except to clean out holes in timbers or concrete.
If something were seasonally laid on concrete or timbers and pins kept it from sliding, could this item be a sort of awl to clean out the holes for the pins?
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Spelled it wrong, and got the wrong name. Is it obvious, I'm neither a sailor, nor a Navy man?
Thanks, I learned something.
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Christopher A. Young
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I think we have the correct answer for the picture frame, but I haven't been able to confirm any of guesses for the other items.
The last one, the wooden container with 7 compartments, slightly resembles a cobbler's nail holder, which is usually made of iron, has eight compartments and is heavy. This wooden container could be portable nail holder, both containers can be seen here:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/harnett65/Album11/pic25b.jpg
Although I would expect a better handle on the wooden one if it was to hold nails. I'm not saying this is the correct answer, just that it's the only other container with wedge shaped compartments that I've seen.
Rob
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On 10/3/10 5:25 PM, Rob H. wrote:

Here's what the compartments made me think of:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trivialpursuit_Token.jpg
Naturally, gamblers would play on large boards to make cheating more difficult. They would want to keep their cups covered. However, I have found no evidence that Trivial Pursuit was ever played that way!
The hole in the center of a star nail cup is for the spindle of a lazy susan. The compartments are apparently shaped to keep nails parallel so the cobbler can quickly judge their length. The compartments are shallow so the cobbler can see well. They are rounded to make it easy to pick up a nail.
The mystery item doesn't have these advantages. A traveling cobbler might do better to put an eye bolt through the hole, for carrying and to hold down a flat cover. Otherwise, he might use a rectangular tray with shallow compartments.
Pipe tobacco! A 65ml compartment would hold about 1/2 ounce or 15 grams. That would probably be 3 - 15 pipes, depending on the size of the bowl and the amount of tamping. A bored smoker might smoke more in a day, and it probably wouldn't be good for him.
A pound should last a month, but not if the smoker gets carried away. A sailor or rancher, for example, would have to plan his consumption. He fills his portable humidor for the week and starts on a new compartment each day. At the end of the week he's within his budget. He may have leftover tobacco in some or all compartments. He can use it to celebrate or to extend the time before he refills.
He could apply drops of water to the thick wood to keep the tobacco suitably moist.
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