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Saturday, October 16, 2004

155. 2 3/4" tall.







156. 7 1/4" long.





157. 1" wide





158. 9 1/4" long







159. 3" long



Answers

12 Comments:

  • 159 - This is a # 016 Picture Hanging Nail made by the Turner & stanton Co., Norwich, Connecticut.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/16/2004 7:12 PM  

  • 155 - A very unusual shutter dog (shutter hold back) from an old building.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/17/2004 10:19 AM  

  • 155 - A very unusual shutter dog (shutter hold back) from an old building.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/17/2004 10:19 AM  

  • 155 - A very unusual shutter dog (shutter hold back) from an old building.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/17/2004 10:19 AM  

  • >159 - This is a # 016 Picture Hanging Nail made by the Turner & stanton Co., Norwich, Connecticut.

    Couldn't verify this on the web, what is your source? Most people think that the wire spiral is meant to dissipate heat.


    >155 - A very unusual shutter dog (shutter hold back) from an old building.

    Correct, there is a little more info on it here:

    http://www.vintagehardware.com/shutter-hardware/l-116.html

    By Blogger Rob, at 10/17/2004 11:57 AM  

  • 156. crimping tool, possibly for stovepipe
    158. can opener

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 10/17/2004 3:25 PM  

  • >156. crimping tool, possibly for stovepipe

    Yes, it was marked "stovepipe crimper" when I bought it.

    >158. can opener

    Correct, the can is pierced in the center of the lid and the cutter is moved to the appropriate place just inside the rim. I'm planning to test this one in a day or two, after which I'll post the results.

    By Blogger Rob, at 10/17/2004 4:26 PM  

  • 159 - I happen to have some of the picture nails unused in the original box. They were originally nickle plated. Can send you an image if you like.
    End label pictures the nail. My guess is circa 1895.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/17/2004 6:25 PM  

  • >159 - I happen to have some of the picture nails unused in the original box. They were originally nickle plated. Can send you an image if you like.
    End label pictures the nail. My guess is circa 1895.

    Yes, please send me an image of one of the nails and the box, if you click on "view my complete profile", my email address is on that page. Thanks

    Rob

    By Blogger Rob, at 10/18/2004 3:48 PM  

  • >Can send you an image if you like.
    >End label pictures the nail. My guess is circa 1895.

    After seeing the photo I agree that the answer to this is that it's a picture hanging nail. The image can be seen here:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/harnett65/pic159a.jpg

    Thanks for solving this one.

    Rob

    By Blogger Rob, at 10/19/2004 6:45 PM  

  • 157. A ceramic tumbling thingy. Usually found around huge tumbling machine or concrete factories. The product needing smothing out is put in a container with a large quantity of these very hard ceramic thingys. tumbling begins and voila! They get worn down and ragged looking, but they are sacraficial.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/26/2004 5:16 AM  

  • # Id guess something along the lines of the old WWI "crows feet" which were spread over the roads to cripple horses, this one looks slightly different, maybe circa 1850. camo.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/02/2004 6:22 AM  

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