Friday, October 5, 2007

1103. Stud finder, it was placed against a wall which was then pounded with the hand, the amount of movement of the balls told if you were at a stud or not.

1104. Possibly for holding a horse's leg bent while fitting a shoe. It could be strapped to the leg to lock the knee bent, then unlocked to let the horse stand when the farrier is occupied at the forge, very similar to the device seen in patent number 1,332,809.

1105. Probably held either glue, water, or oil, an object could be drawn across the wood ball to apply some of the liquid to it.

1106. Nutcracker for black walnuts, text on it reads "C.E. Potter Sapulpa, Okla"

1107. Haven't been able to verify any of the answers for this tool.

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1108. Also haven't been able to confirm any guesses for this one.

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The owner's description:

I obtained this at a store in Australia, the manager just called it a "Thing". No one knows what it's used for. It is well made, from steel, and the tube has been blued on the outside like a rifle barrel. The plunger and block are slip fit into the tube bore and made air-tight with the "O" rings. Air is exhausted through the tiny holes either end of the tube when the plunger slides into it. The knurled grip knob has been welded to the plunger shaft. It has not been used as a punch because there are no hammer marks on the plunger knob end, also the rubber mounted pin would not be strong enough to take the punching force. Why has it got outer "O" rings on the tube? When assembled the plunger pin just protrudes out the block pin hole and can slide in and out.


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