575: Some kind of medical instrument. Maybe some UV-comb or the like.
The made weird things at that time.
577: A toaster ("Shiny like a toaster")
578: Hardness-tester (by Rockwell)
580: For bending thin sheet metal. Roofing usage
575: electro-stim wand
576: I was thinking it was a decorative cover for the hole in a wood
stove, but I'm going with katana tsuba
578: Rockwell hardness meter (tests hardness of metal)
579: patch jag for the end of a cleaning rod (firearm barrel cleaning)
580: tongs for bending sheet glass?
575. my guess would be part of some kind of old fashioned hokey electric
neon "health massage" device.
576. japanese sword guard. looks like it's made out of iron. i can't
figure out what the design is supposed to be. looks like two fronds from a
plant of some sort but can't figure out what. looks like there are two
spaces for some parts that are missing. (bezel(s) for gemstones or other
577. electric toaster (when i was a kid (~1969) my grandmother was still
using hers) (bakelite handles missing?)
578. no idea but "rockwell" makes me think it's some kind of hardness
tester. no idea how it'd be used.
579. no idea but my guess is it's some kind of wood-to-metal fastener.
(actually from the photo i can't even really tell if the close end is
580. with those long tong handles i would've thought it's some kind of
blacksmith's tool. need to keep your hands away from the heat. no idea
though what it's used for though.
575: I'm going with HV gas discharge tube for questionable medical
purposes - I saw several very much like this at "The Museum of
Questionable Medical Devices" in Minneapolis, before it closed.
I've tried searching their website, but don't see it. The device
is filled with rarefied gas, and the HV supply goes to that metal
cap, and it lights up like a neon lamp, tingles a little where the
fingers are dragged over the skin, and makes ozone. ;-)
And everybody got 577 the toaster and 578 the Rockwell tester. )-;
The 580 tongs I'm guessing are for hot sheet metal.
"Rich Grise" wrote: (clip)The 580 tongs I'm guessing are for hot sheet
The same thought passed through my mind. The style and construction of
those tongs says "blacksmith." The width says "sheet metal." A piece of
sheet metal the width of those tongs would be too stiff to bend cold, so we
come to hot sheet metal. But nothing in a blacksmith shop would heat a
piece of sheet metal that wide uniformly, so there must be more to the
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