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Stanley
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Posted -  21/12/2004  :  15:37
Here's a mystery for you. There isn't an answer yet because I don't know what it is. Here are two pics:


It's some sort of a gauge, made by A G Parker of 69 Icknield Street, Birmingham and on the front is engraved what I believe is the owner's name; Captain J H Square of Kingsbridge. I've put one or two enquiries out and am waiting to hear from them. I think it might be something to do with Guns because I have an idea that A G Parker was one of the founders of Parker-Hale, a company that specialised in gun sights and accessories. Has anyone ever seen anything like it?


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belle
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Posted - 29/11/2011 : 20:02
Yes I thought that..we have been in the oil area for a while now, is it a dip stick for that?


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Bradders
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Posted - 30/11/2011 : 01:19
Barometric , maybe ?


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Stanley
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Posted - 30/11/2011 : 05:07
Bodge I have a pattern maker's rule somewhere. They are in different scales for different metals and allow for the contraction of the metal in the pattern during cooling so the inch divisions are all larger to a degree.

You were getting close but no, nothing to do with lubrication. It's a printer's rule and the side you can see is marked in different point sizes of type.


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Posted - 30/11/2011 : 05:28



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belle
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Posted - 30/11/2011 : 08:41
Ist disc seems to be to do with camera exposure..middle knob of wood and match box don't connect for me..this is one for the photographers maybe?


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Bradders
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Posted - 30/11/2011 : 23:35
Struggling with this one...!

I recognise the most accurate exposure calculator ever made ...as long as you tell it the truth..!....(could explain, but will leave it to others)

I think the central object is a billiard ball ( early plastic  , not ivory )

....but what's the link to safety matches ( or is it the Brand )?

Mmmmm...


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belle
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Posted - 01/12/2011 : 00:45
Maybe the steam ship on the matches is a clue.. can't make out the black writing but the make is Bryant and May.


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Bradders
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Posted - 01/12/2011 : 01:49
I cheated and looked it up .....
It's HMS Devastation......!


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Stanley
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Posted - 01/12/2011 : 04:23
That matchbox fooled you! I only put it in for the scale. Belle and Brad are right about the first one, it's an old Johnson exposure calculator, no light meters and auto exposure in those days!

The second is a billiard ball but not plastic as Brad thought, it's a very old ivory ball that was left in dirty and wet conditions for a long time and is heavily stained.


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Posted - 01/12/2011 : 08:10


Yup, it's a thermometer and an old one as well, with its wooden case. Thing is it reads from 20F to 600F and so is rather special. Anyone know what it was for?


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panbiker
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Posted - 01/12/2011 : 09:14
Jam Making?


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Tizer
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Posted - 01/12/2011 : 09:33
I doubt it would need to go to 600F for jam-making Ian - unless you do it with a pressure cooker. What about high-pressure steam? I don't know what temperatures that would go up to but it would be beyond boiling point (212F). Or oil temperatures.


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panbiker
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Posted - 01/12/2011 : 09:40
You could be right re the jam thermometer Tiz, they seem to range up to about 200C or 400F or thereabouts. Got to be something under pressure I would think, you would not want to poke a finger in 600F!


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Posted - 01/12/2011 : 10:03
For an oil bath perhaps? Silicones can go up to around 600F.


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catgate
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Posted - 01/12/2011 : 17:09


quote:
Stanley wrote:
 Anyone know what it was for?

It's for measuring the temperature of things below 600F but above 20F.


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