I emailed the Royal Society of Arts to see if if there was a gold
medal when the plow plane got a silver medal. They replied explaining
how medals were given out. I'll email it to you if you email me with
your address. I don't have permission to publish it so I can't put it
up here. I could ask for permission for you to put it on your website
if you would like to.
954. Electrostatic generator and leyden jar to store charge.
955. Guessing. Jar lifter for canning. If correct it's shown upside
958. Guessing a broad axe. If the blade's on one side. Blade edge
isn't normaly concave Though. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_axe
952. Looks like it could be a control lever for the top of a valve to set it
to a particular output. Fluid pumping, steam pressure etc.
954. A cylinder electrical generating machine. The glass cylinder rubs
against a pad, probably leather or felt, just visible at the left of the
picture, as it rotates which charges it with static electricity. This is
collected through the spikes and stored in the Leyden jar on the right.
956. Carpentry tool maybe. Pincer, screwriver and perhaps the 'corkscrew' is
for starting screw threads in wood.
958. Looks like a brush axe of some sort.
The internet. It's not a big truck.
It's a series of tubes.
As others have pointed out, 954 is an electrostatic generator. It must be
an early Edison model, since it uses a cylinder--most of them used flat
957 looks like car badges to be mounted on license plates. However, the
Bugatti oval one is identical to the one I used to have on the back of my
Bug-atti (VW, get it?) Stamped out of tin-plate like material, so I suspect
it came from a cereal box.
O.K. Posting from Rec.crafts.metalworking as usual.
952) For something which requires setting in percentage of full
circle. It locks in 5% increments. You have to pull the handle
away from the circle to free it to turn, then let it back so the
ring in the handle goes around one of the raised numbers.
Through gearing it could be used to control some form of valve,
perhaps a steam valve to a steam engine. Or it could set a
centrifugal speed limiter.
953) Hmm ... the color scheme is about the same as those other
firefighter training buildings, so I will guess that these are
to use training rescuing someone from a window high on the side
of a building -- again perhaps with provisions for introduction
954) An electrostatic generator. The glass drum (with the dry
sand inside is turned to generate an electrostatic charge, which
migrates to the exterior of the drum.
The charge then jumps the gap to the pointed collectors, which
are connected to a Leyden jar (early primitive, but high-voltage
capacitor), to wait for someone to reach towards it to draw off
955) It looks sort of like the gripper which goes on top of a long
pole which grocers used to use to reach things on high shelves.
However -- those typically had rubber grips, not the rather
narrow ones provided by these blades. Perhaps they are intended
to close into the gap between a wide lid (for a preserves jar,
perhaps) and the jar itself. Given the dimensions, it must be a
pretty large jar -- so I would *hope* that it is lightly loaded.
Anyway -- a skinny rod is used to connect the handle shown to
another down near the operator's end of the pole for ease of
956) Hmm ... early dental tool? Or surgeon's tool?
Or perhaps for work on a horse's hoof?
957) Hmm ... not the actual maker's badges, which would have been
fired glass enamel in a sort of cloisonne type construction, so
perhaps intended to go on a tapestry on the wall to show what
car you really *want* to own?
The second set look about the right size to be what was offered
in cereal boxes about that period -- to be used on kid's
bicycles. I know that the four US based ones were offered in
some cereal box -- perhaps Wheaties? I'm not sure about the
other two. One perhaps for Belgum, and the other some Arabic
speaking country, I think. (That looks like the same number in
*real* Arabic numerals to the right side -- reading in from the
right to the left. I have no chance at reading what is above
the numbers -- just a guess that it is the Arabic version of the
somewhat more readable (to me) text -- perhaps indicating that
this is a privately owned vehicle, instead of part of a
commercial or government fleet.
More of the first batch, but oval. Perhaps these and the first
batch were also for kid's bicycles?
958) Perhaps for harvesting cane? Either Bamboo or sugar cane?
Totally a guess. :-)
Now to see what others have guessed.
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952 is a simple counting device. It is fastened in a convenient place with
screws into the three countersunk holes and the operator moves the handle
with each five of whatever. Obviously, if there is more than one operator
using it, it will function as a primative adding machine. The idea is that
it is fairly easy to count reliably to five. It is also very easy to lose
count somewhere around 47... I recall seeing something like it in a grain
elevator where it was used for counting sacks stacked in a load.
953 -- towers for releasing racing pigeons???
954 Static electricity generator.
955 -- points look like they are intended to dig in. Maybe for picking up
frozen fish or something???
956 -- some sort of combination tool -- I'll take a wild guess that it is
used for some sort of musical instrument repair...
957 look like the tags kids used to use to decorate their bicycles back
958 is an axe used in hewing logs square to be used for building.
I'm not sure where you got the descriptions of grain shocks, but 16-20 bundles
would be a monster shock. Typically we used 6 bundles per shock, with a 7th
as a cap if rain was expected. We were shocking oats until the early 80's in
Wisconsin. The purpose of a shock it to keep the grain heads off the ground
so they can dry prior to threshing. One would grab two bundles and lean them
against each other forming the center of the shock. Two bundles were then added
to each side of the center bundle sort of like an A-Frame with a tunnel down
the middle to speed drying. If rain was expected, a 7'th bundle was laid
horizontally (and spread at the top and bottom) to cover the first six bundles.
Since once is following the binder through the field on foot doing this, to
a 16-bundle shock would require much additional walking to gather enough
Thanks for the reply, I'll fix the answer page later tonight or tomorrow,
I'm heading out the door in a couple minutes.
I got my description of grain shocks from the owner of the tool, maybe he
thinking of a different grain other than oats. At the time when I made the
answer page I couldn't find any links but just now found a good one that has
photos of shocks being made. They seem to be making them about the size
that you mention, I had no idea what size bundles were being used to create
these shocks, but the photo marked 1:32:30 has a decent photo of someone
I heard back from the owner of the tool, he was just passing on to me what
he was told by someone else, and he agreed that this info was probably
incorrect. So I updated the answer page and added some of your description,
hope you don't mind, if you like I'll put your name under it to give you
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