What is it? Answers CXXX

Thursday, August 17, 2006

744. Cork cutter sharpener or cork borer sharpener

The borer is made of brass, and would look something like the hole punch below.

It's placed on the cone and rotated against the blade for sharpening.

745. Leaf spring lubricator, soft graphite grease is placed in the handle and the wedge is driven into the the leaf spring; the handle is then turned, forcing lubricant out of the small hole in the notch of the wedge.

A larger image can be seen here.

The leaf spring spreader below was featured on this site about two years ago, it doesn't have an oil reservoir like the one above.

746. Adjustable screed chair, or rebar chair

This is a double rebar chair that was purchased from the hardware store.

747. Bouncemaster fan fold flash camera attachment

748. I think that it's a double caliper, the small parts for inside measurements and the large ones for outside dimesions. Don't know why there are two square holes and slots in the small pieces. Other guesses include: bead breaker for tires, horse hoof measurer, clamp used when birthing livestock, piston groove cleaner, tool to compress large piston rings for insertion, and to close pre-crimped metal duct tube. Haven't been able to verify any of the guesses yet.

The two small pieces can be rotated 360 degrees.

749. A reader of this site has given the answer to this item, it's a cover to a post office box:

The 2 holes along the bottom were where 2 small knobs were which worked as a combination lock device.The knob on the left had the letters A-M along the outer part of the circle. The right, N-Z. There was a knob which had an arrow-like point which you'd turn to your combination (Ex.Ours was M,Y). The knob above was where you'd turn to pull open/close the post office box door. The large hole was where you could look through a thick piece of glass the metal was mounted on as to see if they'd put the days mail out yet. It is my understanding that this sort of cover to post office boxes was used from the 1890's thru the 1920's. It is almost identical to the one we used day after day in the old post office here in Weaverville, NC! The only difference was that the top opening where you'd peek in to see if the mail had been put out yet was square and the one in your picture is round.

The first three items in this post were photographed at an antique machinery show where someone had a very interesting display of vintage hand tools, while there I also took some photos of several great looking old steam tractors.

Last week's set is seen below, click here to view the entire post: