Set number 212 has just been posted:
Set number 212 has just been posted:
Item 1179 is a horse measuring gage. Reads out in "hands" (4" increments). level is to make sure the arm used to measure the withers is level.
1179. Given it's marked in 4" increments I'd guess it's for measuring horses in "hands". Foldable for portability.
Only 2 guesses this week.1181 - Globe holder - missing the globe 1184 - a record turntable from directly above?
Rather an eclectic collection this time...and I think I even know one or two!1179 -- a gauge for measuring the height of something. I suspect horses, since it's graduated in hands and quarters. 1180 -- No real clue here. It kind of looks like it may be made for manipulating thread or thin wires, perhaps in threading a knitting machine? 1181 -- A globe stand, obviously without the globe. From the stand, it would appear to have been a rather fancy and moderately large globe. 1182 -- Looks to be some sort of a friction catch to hold a loop of cord or something similar in place. Precisely what for, I can't say; perhaps a cloth top on an automobile? But 1934 would be a little late for that, methinks. 1183 -- I assume this is used to set something else up. A projector? A rifle at a shooting range? A piano action when regulating it somehow? Very baffling. 1184 -- half of a mold for making a phonograph record?
Now to see other people's ideas....
1184. Discus for Track and Field. Karl
O.K. I'm hitting it rather late tonight.1179) My guess is that it is for measuring the level of a liquid in a tank -- with the crossbar and level assuring that the measuring stick is vertical and starts with the top of the tank.
1180) My first guess is that it is for driving something (the end of a cord, perhaps) into a hole -- with the sliding knurled piece hitting the forked end under the force of the spring.1181) Looks like the stand for a fairly large globe of the Earth. The angle seems to match the tilt of the earth, and the offset neck at the bottom is to keep the center of mass over the center of the base.
1182) This looks more like a "roach clip" than anything else, but I can't picture one being patented in 1934, nor can I see where the patent number would be affixed. (Unless it is on a tag on the chain. :-)1183) The key on it looks like old film winder knobs, suggesting that it might be for leveling a camera.
1184) Material could make a big difference in this one.
Perhaps a wax master for recording a record.
Perhaps a selenium solar cell.
Perhaps a high-voltage insulator (but not *extremely* high voltage, as it lacks the ribs for increasing the leakage track length.)
Now to see what others have guessed before going to bed.
1181: I think it's a gnomon. The rod casts the shadow for a sundial (and the base is repositioned on a track according to season, for accuracy).
1184 looks like a diamond saw blade to me .
1179 - Horse measuring stick, measures in "hands," and inches, increments of four inches per hand. Marks between are half and quarter hands or just expressed as inches.
Example: 15 hands and three quarters - or 15/3 == 63 inches, medium sized light horse. They're only large size light horses when 16 to 18 hands and scary/fun as all hell to ride over fixed jumps. (ones that don't come apart if you hit one:)
The level is to aid accuracy. It is placed on the withers (highest point on the horse's back, just behind the neck), leveled, and the height read on the vertical stick.
1184 looks like a wheel for a soap-box racer. Some years, the official wheels seemed to have very little rubber.
You're correct that it's a sharpener though the patent specifies that it's for razors, I guess it could be used for knives also.
Two are still unidentified this week, the other four have been answered correctly:
1180 looks very similar to a knot-tying gadget I have in my fishing tackle box. Used to tie those weird, multi-turn knots in leaders to attach them to flies, etc..
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Awesome! Thanks for solving this for us, I just updated the answer page and emailed the owner of it, I'm sure he'll be happy to hear what it's for.
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