3139 Something to feed plants
3141 nut for a wheel axle or some other decorative nut.
3142 reamer for a brace (wish I had this one)
3143 lap counters for 2 events... might be for race cars one might be
overall laps, the other laps since pitting or filling up.
3144 swaging tool (tool and die)
3139, tea strengthener, to boost the
3140, beaker holder for chemistry.
3141, decorator lug nut for Egyptian
3142, pipe reamer of some kind, or
3143, some kind of push button counter.
Two counters. Set up so as to provide two
3144, fence tool?
Running an analysis...
My first guess is that 3143 was a production line quality control counter
mounted to a small run or slow production line.
Both buttons have red residue on them. The angle of the buttons suggest
Counter A counts all the objects on the line up to that point.
Counter B counts remaining objects that pass by.
Between the two, someone or some contrivance pushes or drops damaged,
underweight overweight or otherwise out of spec items off the conveyor.
The difference between the two counters gives a quality control tally.
A counter that goes up to 999,999 and some poor sod with red paint on his hands
had to push the buttons.
Posting in the usenet newsgroup rec.crafts.metalworking as
3139) Interesting. In part it looks like a whistle, including the
fipple formed half by the wood and half by the end of slot.
But -- if it were a musical whistle, it would have larger holes
on the side, and with variable spacing and sizes to tune them to
And the perforated cone would not be there at all.
Perhaps it could be a whistle which is powered by a vacuum drawn
through the perforated cone.
The shape of the fipple appears wrong for it to be powered by
steam fed in through the perforated cone. You only show one
view of this, and I suspect that there is a hole though the wood
just behind the fipple.
3140) Strange. All formed from a single piece of wire.
At a guess the duck-bill to the right fits into a tube, and it
supports a tubing (glass or rubber) in the other two. Perhaps
used in a chem lab.
Maybe it could hold a test tube on the end of a distillation
condenser for sampling before the final product goes to a larger
3141) That is the most decorated Acorn cap nut I have ever seen.
Unlikely to be a commercial product, though it might have
started life as a normal Acorn cap nut.
And the size is rather large for most acorn nuts.
3142) A pipe reamer. Used for removing burrs from the inside of a
just cut length of pipe.
Used in an old style brace from the "Brace and Bit" days,
BTW The "large photos" site seems to have the two views of the
acorn nut and the pipe reamer interleaved for whatever reason. :-)
3143) Two normally hand-held counters. Likely used at the admissions
gate to count two different classes of entrants -- say Men vs
Women or adults vs kids.
3144) I think that this is a tool used by a blacksmith for punching
a hole through sheet metal of whatever thickness. Heat it red
I think that the two parts separate, but they might work
assembled into the hardy hole of an anvil.
Now to post this and then see what others have suggested.
You're right about it being for larger saws, I think it was for crosscut saws
that were used on trees, as you mentioned. The actual size of this saw set is 3-
1/4", I had incorrectly marked it as 2-1/2". I posted this tool a long time ago
and didn't have an answer for it until Leon sent me some information on it.
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