#774: Lead paddle??
#777: Thems is temporary steps for climbing poles. In case you wondered
what them little nubs were on the sides of stepped poles.
#779: Dunno, but it looks like it would hurt!! Maybe a good way to pull
fish into a boat?!?
774 Has the general shape of a pointing tool, (used to finish and shape
the mortar between bricks or stones) but is too large and finely made. I'd
still guess a special purpose stonework pointing tool.
775 I'd guess a diemaker's tool set for transferring the shape of an
automobile clay full-size model to a stamping die.
776 Another guess... metalworker's tool for shaping folded-over tabs,
perhaps for making seams in copper scotch whiskey stills.
778 Yet another guess... Tool for applying labels to switchboards. Cut
roll of printed label, apply glue, then roll on.
779 Nothing but guesses today... Catfish gjg. Find large catfish at peace
in its home. Ram in and pull out dinner.
776 looks like it is meant for hammering caulk into a seam. probably for
boat building. or, perhaps fabricating wooden tanks or barrels. To me, a
question that is just as interesting is, "How was it made?" It looks like
the business end was forge welded out of the two tangs that form the "eye."
But there are no signs of a lap weld. Could it have started as a billet
that was split and curled to form the socket for the handle?
According to R.H. :
As usual -- posting from rec.crafts.metalworking.
774) Hmm ... no real guess. Perhaps for handling a hot firebrick
or something similar? Given the angle of the photo, I can't
really tell how wide it is.
775) I should not submit an answer to this one, because I have been
following his attempt to discover more about this particular
device in a mailing list which we share.
I will say (without giving it's name) that it is a device for
modeling stresses and such.
776) Presumably a special-purpose hammer, with the handle screwing
into the hole visible in the wood between the forged head and
the pressed on collar. I *think* that the collar is to prevent
the wood from mushrooming as that end is struck with a larger
The concave curve of the face suggests that it is for forming
something -- though what I have no idea.
777) Looks like a rather specialized support bracket for some sort
778) Interesting tool.
Given that the Bell System used to use cables sheathed in lead,
and used to seal splices inside formed lead soldered to the
rest, I will guess that the roller is for rolling the edges of
the lead sheathing to a near match before applying the solder
(Or would it have been pure lead). In any case, the shears
part of that would have been for cutting the lead sheathing to
the proper shape.
779) At a guess, for holding fish which have been caught?
Now to see what others have suggested.
779: Looks like what I've heard called a "Hay Thief". One
poked it into a stack of loose hay and pulled out a bit to
check quality and such. Those that I've seen before had at
least two barbs and a tee-handle. It would work, but I don't
know if that is what this one is/was for sure...
Difficult set this week, the answers are posted below:
774. Buttress, for trimming a horse's hoof.
775. Continostat, an engineer's tool for the analysis of statically
776. Barrel maker's hoop driver.
777. Temporary telephone pole rung.
778. In printing telegraph systems, received messages are printed on a tape
which is cut with this tool. The back of the gummed tape is moistened and
the roller is used to mount many strips of the tape to a piece of paper.
779. Hay thief, it's pushed into a haystack to retrieve a sample from the
middle, which can then be examined for condition and quality.
A few links and a little more info have been posted on the answer page: