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Old 04-06-2017, 03:46 PM   #1
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Hey engineers...what do I have here?

Doing some spring cleaning and came across something that I know nothing about and am hoping that someone here can enlighten me. Two of the items appear to be small scales...and before anyone jumps to any conclusions , these are part of an auction lot that (if I remember correctly) contained lots of old watch maker's parts that I sold on eBay (10 years ago or more). Not sure why I put these away but I have found them again and so here I am....what are they, what are they used for and do they have any value today? Thanks for your replies!

First, the two scales:





Then the weights that are stored within scale #1:



Then there's a really nice wooden box with these:



And then there's the half circle thingy:



Thanks for any insight....


still trying to add pics directly:









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Oh great....looks like my pics aren't working...old age is FUN!
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I see a box with traps and dies and a micrometer. And the scale.
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Hey engineers...what do I have here?

First box is a scale with weights. Second is a set of taps and dies. They are used to put threads in holes and on rods respectively. Last is a micrometer used to measure the thickness of objects.
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Taps, not traps. Spell check strikes again.
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Did you wrap the links with the image tags? Select the link and hit the yellow postcard with the mountain on it.

That's a fine scale of some sort - pharmaceutical, jeweler, etc. Look for any markings or stamping.

The second item is a tap and die set for creating threads on metal.

The third item is a micrometer for measuring thickness accurately.


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Third one is a precision C clamp.
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Thanks for the help with my pics....was pretty sure that's what I did the first time but then who knows

Does any of this stuff have value? ....and to respond to Hyper...the scale in the wood box has "NY CITY APPROVED TYPE 17 SERIALLY-2" printed on a metal label that is attached to the box. Would there be other numbers or identifying marks I should be looking for?
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Third one is a precision C clamp.
I'll be damned, I didn't think that it opened up, but sure 'nuff!

...and it has "The L. S. Starrett Co, Athol, Mass U.S.A." printed on it along with LOTS of numbers.
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............Does any of this stuff have value? ............
Absolutely. I'd sell them on eBay. They are worth enough to bother, especially the scales.
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Scales are stolen from high school chem labs all the time. They are needed by the drug trade.
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Thanks for the info everyone....eBay here we come!
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I prefer the $500 and the $1000 bills you have.
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I prefer the $500 and the $1000 bills you have.
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Search Google for "NY CITY APPROVED TYPE 17" and you'll find they are Apothecary Scales.....there's a similar set for sale at $140 right now.

The other items are precision instruments that must certainly have value to an interested party.

Of course, all 3 items take together could be construed as Bomb Making Equipment, so don't transport them to the next Antiques Roadshow without a note from your Science Teacher !!
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Thanks for the info everyone....eBay here we come!
Since we've pretty much answered the OP's question... time for some thread drift!

Have you had good luck selling on eBay lately? I haven't tried selling in a while, but whenever I go looking to buy a good, used something-or-other, all I see is new stuff or decrepit trash, and mostly from online stores, not auctions.

Makes me wonder if folks looking to auction off used, serviceable or collectible stuff have gone elsewhere. Wouldn't be the first time I missed the boat.
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Since we've pretty much answered the OP's question... time for some thread drift!

Have you had good luck selling on eBay lately? I haven't tried selling in a while, but whenever I go looking to buy a good, used something-or-other, all I see is new stuff or decrepit trash, and mostly from online stores, not auctions.

Makes me wonder if folks looking to auction off used, serviceable or collectible stuff have gone elsewhere. Wouldn't be the first time I missed the boat.
Yep. I see the same thing. Too bad - I used to do well swapping boat parts (not for money - refitting). Few and far between now.

I have a ton of boat stuff now that we're downsizing - I just know it will just sit there on ebay....
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Since we've pretty much answered the OP's question... time for some thread drift!

Have you had good luck selling on eBay lately? I haven't tried selling in a while, but whenever I go looking to buy a good, used something-or-other, all I see is new stuff or decrepit trash, and mostly from online stores, not auctions.

Makes me wonder if folks looking to auction off used, serviceable or collectible stuff have gone elsewhere. Wouldn't be the first time I missed the boat.
I've moved a lot of stuff on eBay over the last year as I de-cluttered to move. Some items are a lot easier to sell than others, but I've sold virtually everything I've listed at a price I'm happy with. Their and Paypal's cut hurts, but I don't see an alternative that will fetch the same net price - Craigslist just does not reach enough people to get the full value.
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Since we've pretty much answered the OP's question... time for some thread drift!

Have you had good luck selling on eBay lately? I haven't tried selling in a while, but whenever I go looking to buy a good, used something-or-other, all I see is new stuff or decrepit trash, and mostly from online stores, not auctions.

Makes me wonder if folks looking to auction off used, serviceable or collectible stuff have gone elsewhere. Wouldn't be the first time I missed the boat.
I used to sell on eBay but since the fees went up, the buyers started the return refund crap with PayPal and the Chinese invaded the place, I no longer use it.
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