2702: A tape 3/4" wide could be fed under the hinge and along the
channel. Now if you close the lid and pull from the hinge end, the tape
won't slide easily because the tooth will keep it bent against the
corner. If you pull the tape from the tooth end, the tooth will lift,
allowing the tape to slide easily.
So it could be a one-way brake for a tape. How about the kind of ribbon
used to make bows? If the person making bows threaded the ribbon
through this weight instead of pulling it directly from the spool, the
end would stay put instead of "recoiling" when he pulled out a length
and cut it off.
Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
2701) Hmm ... basket for collecting something like strawberries
on a hillside? Stick the spikes into the hillside to keep the
basket in place?
2702) A tool to make an L-shaped bend in the end of a narrow strip
of thin metal? (Not sure what for -- but that is the only thing
which makes sense to me. I was thinking of it for making the
cut and the clamped end of a Clarinet reed or the like, but the
projection is not sharp enough for that to be likely.
2703) Not sure what it is is to make, but it is an accessory to
an anvil. The square projection on the bottom goes into the
"Hardie hole" on an anvil. (Or is the square one the "Prichard
At a guess, it is a chisel mounted relative to a guide, so you
can cut a strip of steel to a fixed width.
2704) I think that it has been re-purposed at some time. The part
on the right (except for the graph held in it) looks like it is
to crank film through to view or project multipile images.
Hmm ... then again -- especially given the shutter with two holes
in the last images but one -- it might be for testing eyes to
2705) Perhaps for making a row of holes in thin sheet metal, and
perhaps then folding over the punched metal to join to a second
Or perhaps for making holes at a constant spacing to allow
lacing the ends of a wide leather belt together to make a
continuous drive belt for machine tools.
2706) A tool for winding twine or small rope.
Do all the hooks turn in the same direction when the crank is
turned, or do alternate ones turn in the opposite direction?
Now to post and then see what others have suggested.
Well sounds like it would work for that, not sure if it's right or not but
hopefully we'll get an answer for it and find out. Text on this device is a
man's name and then the word stainless, it was purchased at an estate sale
where there were a lot of cigar items and a large number of vintage medical
I was also thinking it might be an optician's device but I can't find
another one like it one the web.
I took the photos over a month ago and don't remember if the hooks turn in
the same direction or not. I'll ask the owner of the device and will report
what he says.
Ah, re-purposed! In WWII, there were three USAAF training bases in
western Iowa. I wonder if this was a training device for a bomber
crewman. Navigator? Gunner? It becomes obsolete and a farmer gets it.
A one-handed postage-stamp dispenser! Most take two hands.
The standard size for a US stamp is 3/4 x 7/8". The groove is about
It appears that the whole thing weighs about a pound, to keep it from
sliding when you pull. The lid appears to weigh about 5 ounces, half of
which would weigh on the end with the tooth.
The dispenser would have to be a couple of inches above your desk top so
you could tear off a stamp by pulling down. It would sit on a little
box containing stamps. One roll would feed the hinge end (back) of the
The tooth is about 1/6" long. As the dispenser sits ready, the first
stamp would extend perhaps 1/4" below the tooth. The weld on the back
of the tooth would press the stamp against the edge of the base with
about 2.5 ounces. Because the lid would hold the strip of stamps flat
against the bottom of the groove, the the stamp would be bent fairly
sharply over the edge of the base.
If you lift the end of the stamp, it lifts the tooth and the bend in the
stamp relaxes, allowing it to slide. When the perforation is past the
tooth, you pull downward. The lid comes down, squeezing the second
stamp around the corner. You rip off the first stamp. The second stamp
is ready to grab.
Ripping off a stamp with one hand allows you to keep smoking your cigar.
When colleagues admire the workmanship of your dispenser, you show them
Good answer, this is correct. No luck yet on the two mystery items but
I have a video on the answer page that shows a rope maker in use:
2702: Do they still sell lickable postage stamps in rolls? It wouldn't
work with modern stamps, sold on a backing strip.
If a roll of lickable stamps is not available, the owner could test it
with a strip of paper cut to the right width. I think a roll was 7/8"
If he pulls out on the end of the strip, I think it will slide past the
rounded tooth. If he pulls down, I think the lid will act as a brake by
bending the paper sharply. This would allow the user to tear off the
first stamp at the perforation using only one hand.
I don't know if they still sell stamps in rolls or not, but I'll send your
answer to the owner along with a few of these other guesses:
-for bending a small piece of metal
-prying off can lids
-opening a pocket knife blade
Thanks. That doesn't make much difference in it being a rope
maker, though it might be for braided rope with half the hooks
counter-rotating -- and would require quite a bit of extra hand