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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

230.


More photos and dimensions


231. 2" diameter



232. Uncommon stone, 2" long


3/4" thick



233. 9" long



234. 10" long





235. 6" long



Answers




22 Comments:

  • a dinglehopper.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/29/2004 2:09 PM  

  • it's a caulking gun

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/29/2004 4:55 PM  

  • That would be a mandrel for a copper tube flaring setup. Got one in my toolbox.

    P.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/29/2004 6:41 PM  

  • #233 Die holder for threading rod stock.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/29/2004 6:50 PM  

  • #231 original phone dial

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/29/2004 8:46 PM  

  • 233 - Threading die holder.
    234 - Ice cube breaker. Hold cube in palm, slap with this.

    By Blogger Canem, at 12/30/2004 6:58 AM  

  • 235. The other half of 225.

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 12/30/2004 7:03 AM  

  • >it's a caulking gun

    230 isn't a caulking gun.

    >That would be a mandrel...

    Correct for #235

    >#233 Die holder for threading rod stock.

    Yes

    >#231 original phone dial

    It's a dial, but not for a regular phone.

    >233 - Threading die holder.
    >234 - Ice cube breaker. Hold cube in palm, slap with this.
    >235. The other half of 225.

    These three are correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 12/30/2004 3:42 PM  

  • #231 is a dial from an old telephone lineman's "butt set".
    Bill Mozer

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/30/2004 4:21 PM  

  • 232. It looks like Sodium Chloride. The edges suggest that the flat surfaces were polished at one point. Once upon a time I used something like this as a sample holder for Infrared Spectroscopy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/31/2004 9:57 AM  

  • >#231 is a dial from an old telephone lineman's "butt set".

    Correct, so named because it would always bounce off the installers 'behind' when he walked since it was attached to his tool belt.


    >232. It looks like Sodium Chloride...

    It's not sodium chloride but you're right about the surfaces being polished.

    By Blogger Rob, at 12/31/2004 2:32 PM  

  • #230 is an Ice Tapper. I bought one for my mom back in the 50's. You tap it against an ice cube and it breaks it up into smaller pieces for your ice
    tea. (^:
    Adele

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/03/2005 11:58 AM  

  • Sorry, I put the wrong number on my comment. I should have said the Ice Tapper is #234
    Adele

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/03/2005 12:00 PM  

  • >Ice Tapper is #234...

    This is correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 1/03/2005 12:42 PM  

  • Item 238 is a "P-38" It's can opener that was provided with US Army C-Rations.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2005 8:33 AM  

  • 236. A bicycle chain master link remover.

    238. A can opener that came with packages of combat rations. Also affectionately known as a "John Wayne". I only have one left from my Marine Corps days and would like to get a few more...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2005 11:16 AM  

  • #237 is an alignment tool (sometimes called a "peener") for old-fashioned typewriters. They were used to 'pinch' or deform the metal of the type bars to force the typeface in the direction required. They came in several varieties. Some had half-round jaws like this one, some had little semi-spherical contact points on the jaws.

    By Blogger Roscoe, at 1/06/2005 11:50 AM  

  • >Item 238 is a "P-38" It's can opener...

    Correct.

    >236. A bicycle chain master link remover.

    Yes.

    >238. A can opener that came with packages of combat rations. Also affectionately known as a "John Wayne". I only have one left from my Marine Corps days and would like to get a few more...


    I found this one at the flea market, didn't know its nickname.


    >#237 is an alignment tool (sometimes called a "peener") for old-fashioned typewriters. They were used to 'pinch' or deform the metal of the type bars to force the typeface in the direction required. They came in several varieties. Some had half-round jaws like this one, some had little semi-spherical contact points on the jaws.

    Thanks, I'll have to do some research on this.

    By Blogger Rob, at 1/06/2005 5:23 PM  

  • 232 isn't Iceland Spar Calcite, is it?

    By Blogger Jeff Rechten, at 1/16/2007 5:07 PM  

  • >232 isn't Iceland Spar Calcite, is it?

    Nope, it's a piece of Ulexite.

    By Blogger Rob, at 1/16/2007 7:57 PM  

  • # 234 is called an ice tapper, place ice cube in hand a tap with the tapper crushes ice into little pieces, i have one it's exactally the same as your picture, is it worh anything now a days? email me at metsmann2000@yahoo.com thanks.

    By Anonymous tim, at 9/22/2009 9:56 PM  

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