The flat part is for hooking the pistol on your waistband.
The two pieces at the front used to capture the ramrod. They should have a
small block between them that had a hole the ramrod could slide through.
Paul K. Dickman
2587: Flat piece is a putty mixer. The two hooks are for coats, or hats. The
flintolock pistol belonged to an English butler.
2588: probably patent medicines, with a lot of laudanum.
2589: storage rack for something. But what?
2590: Totally no clue.
2591: I've never seen one of these. And, I've had a lot of things apart.
2592: Totally no clue.
Good selection. I'm stumped, on all of them.
Christopher A. Young
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2587 - The flat piece is a rapid clip. Allows the pistol to be stuck in
a boot top, tucked in a hidden fold, or stuck in the harness on a horse
to secure it. The hooks are part of the ramrod latch.
2588 - Hair tonic bottles?
2589 - Bowling ball rack from an old alley, The local place has one
painter dark blue.
2591 - Part of a soda fountain?
2592 - Looks like a piece of hardware from old scaffolding. It slides
up/down a bar with holes in it. The pointed plunger locks into those
holes and locks the cross bar as well. Then the side screw tightens down
to secure it all.
That's it! This gun was described as a boot pistol, "so called because of
the metal flange for securing the weapon on one's boot." I don't have any
further description or history on it.
Lots of guesses on this piece of hardware but I haven't been able to prove
any of them correct.
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always:
2587) A trap gun. The links at the front allow it to pivot
vertically around the vicinity of the muzzle, and the flat metal
part is used to adjust the angle to prop it up to shoot higher
or lower as it pivots around that front link.
I also note a hole in the front of the trigger guard in the
second photo which might clear the threaded steel rod sitting
under it -- which could be used to press the trigger via a
2588) Root beer?
2589) Looks like it might be a stand for seven rifles -- perhaps at
an Army or National Guard barracks?
2590) Hmm ... the jaws look similar to a tool which I have used which
serves to nibble through sheet metal -- but the jaws are too
widely spaced on this for that. Perhaps could be used to
nibble glass -- perhaps for making stained glass windows?
The second set of jaws -- on the handle side of the pivot might
serve for cracking walnuts or the like?
2591) Very familiar to me -- except for being so short. Those are
sections of lightning rod and couplers.
These particular ones are either for demonstrating how the
product goes together, or for fixing "oops" in selecting the
length of rod. :-)
2592) Perhaps serves as a spring loaded center punch for marking a
particular style of workpiece prior to center drilling?
Now to post and then see what others have suggested.