Here are my thoughts on 951:
The globe on the end looks like a small moon.
That's no moon...it's a space station.
It's too small to be a space station.
I have a very bad feeling about this.
Here are my answers before looking at any other answers.
946. A beautiful old plane of some description. It obviously
cuts an extremely thin kerf and is guided by the arced shoe. I am
a bit confused by the arc, as I would have thought a straight
fence would have allowed a straighter line - maybe that's the
answer, the arc allows the iron to go around a curve.
947. Looks like a mobile anvil that would rest on a man's knee.
No idea what the task might be - heading nails?
948. Spring loaded slater's hammer?
949. A clock work tool that wiggles the cutting blade. A power
950. At 5" wide it must be a type of horse shoe, but I can't
envision a need for the teeth and would worry about the horse
cutting his own off feet.
951. Looks just like the star machine at the local planetarium
that shines the constellations, etc. on the domed ceiling.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Gee the first one in a while that I knew an answer!
946 is a rabbiting plane used to cut the grove for an inlay in a table.
It has rounded stop so that it can be used on straight or curved table
tops. Beautiful tool!!
According to R.H. :
O.K. Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
946) A very nice example of a rabbit plane -- for making grooves
an adjustable distance from the edge of the workpiece (as set by
the adjustable fence.)
In this case, I suspect that it is for use by a cabinetmaker to
produce grooves for sliding doors to operate in.
947) Perhaps to provide curved support for an elbow and allow it to
pivot on the socket shown uppermost? It looks too small to
accommodate a knee, but I think that it might accept an elbow
and some padding.
948) Perhaps for a weldor to use chipping off slag? The spring
controls how hard it hits, thus reducing the chance of damaging
949) Perhaps part of a lock? Seeing the other side might give more
950) Looks as though it fits over the toe of a heavy boot, perhaps
to aid in climbing an awkward surface?
951) Looks like a small version of a planetarium to me.
Now to see what others have said.
946: From the first picture, I would have guessed Ye Olde
Slaughterhouse Captive Bolt Tool. But it obviously isn't in the other
pictures. Perhaps some sort of tool used in tuning pianos?
950: One jaw of an animal trap
951: Planetarium projector
That and the planetarium projector were the only ones I could figure
out. I didn't know what to call this one, but I could tell what it
was used for. What a beautifully-made tool.
Or turn it upside down and it's a pan for a really BIG flintlock rifle.
A ball-peen hammer that stuck its nose where it didn't belong.
Yeah, I thought it looked like it fit on a boot, too, but I can't
figure out what it would be used for -- but you could really kick
the crap out of something with it.
According to R.H. :
Glad to see that 946 won a silver medal -- though looking at it
I think that it deserved a *gold* medal. I wonder what the tool which
won the gold medal that year looked like?
I wish that there had been a person in there to give scale to
the Planetarium projector.