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Thursday, July 21, 2005

406. 1-1/8" long







407. 2-7/8" long







408. 8-3/4" long


Both sides look the same






409. 9" long when open, patented March 29, 1960








410. 3"x2"x1", there are no holes on the other sides





411. 3" long, patented June 19, 1962








Answers

9 Comments:

  • 407. Telegraph Key in rough shape.
    409. Jar opener?
    411. Electrical cable connector. I use them for ground connectors.

    By Blogger Canem, at 7/21/2005 6:08 AM  

  • but what is nmber 404?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/21/2005 6:54 AM  

  • 406- a partially melted "heel" of
    silver , after other items are dissolved out.

    408--2-deck playing card shuffler--
    this one about the time of "canasta"

    410-1X2X3" spacer block-used in setting up items for machining.

    411--Copper wire terminal, probably
    staked onto the wire by hitting the
    raised lug--thus obviating the need
    of a special crimping tool.

    By Anonymous jw, at 7/21/2005 2:08 PM  

  • 406- looks like galena to me!
    408 old fashioned card shuffler

    By Anonymous Irene, at 7/21/2005 4:19 PM  

  • 409 - If it were dated 1920 I'd guess it as a tool for the ice man. Obviously to grab something, but what?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/21/2005 10:49 PM  

  • 406. I say it is Iron Pyrite or Fool's Gold.

    - Edward

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/22/2005 8:18 AM  

  • >407. Telegraph Key in rough shape.

    Correct

    >409. Jar opener?

    Nope

    >411. Electrical cable connector.

    Yes

    >but what is nmber 404?

    Sorry, I forgot to post the answers. There is now a link at the bottom of the previous set.

    >406- a partially melted "heel" of
    silver , after other items are dissolved out.

    Nope

    >408--2-deck playing card shuffler

    >"410-1X2X3" spacer block-used in setting up items for machining.

    Both correct

    >411--Copper wire terminal, probably staked onto the wire by hitting the raised lug

    Yes, also correct about crimping it by striking the lug with a hammer

    >406- looks like galena to me!

    Not galena...

    >408 old fashioned card shuffler

    Correct

    >409 - If it were dated 1920 I'd guess it as a tool for the ice man. Obviously to grab something, but what?

    This one isn't for ice, but for something a little slippery and hard to hold.

    >406. I say it is Iron Pyrite or Fool's Gold.

    Correct


    Rob

    By Blogger Rob, at 7/22/2005 2:35 PM  

  • 409. Second try - fish gripper.

    By Blogger Canem, at 7/22/2005 6:34 PM  

  • >409. Second try - fish gripper

    Correct, it's a "Han-D-Gaf" fishing gaff.

    By Blogger Rob, at 7/22/2005 7:31 PM  

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