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Old 06-26-2014, 11:29 PM   #21
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I had not seen even an image of this device. Without the side view photo and your hint, I would not get it.

But they jogged my memory, and I recalled seeing a similar clamp used to fix punctured motorcycle inner tubes in 3rd world countries some years ago. Even my dad's 1956 Opel Kadett used tires with inner tubes. They poured kerosene, I believe, to the cup and burned it to heat the upper part of the press.

I wonder if vulcanized rubber patches are still in use anywhere in the world. Any globe trotters know?
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I'd be surprised if they weren't using vulcanized patches in many 3rd world countries today.

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What I meant was that prior to seeing your puzzle posted, I had not seen a printed image of this device, nor seen it in a museum, nor read about it.

My answer was based on my recollection of how they fixed punctured inner tubes many years ago, and the home-made clamp that they used did not even look like your antique device. It looked more like a C-clamp, but with a base. The top part that was pressed down was a metal cup made from a small-bore engine piston.

Anyway, here's "my" mysterious device. It's made of wood. Sorry about the quality of the pictures, as I cut them out of an illustration and a video clip from the Web. Still, I think anybody who does a bit of woodworking will have no trouble duplicating this gadget, just from these poor photos.





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A set of knuckledusters.

Civil War Knuckles! - Picture
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:20 AM   #24
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Some sort of castanets, used while clogging or somesuch?

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Spacer for dowels or maybe rope weaving?
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No, these are not knuckles for fighting. That would be made of brass, and with finger holes close together so one can make a fist.

The ones I show are made of wood, and if you stick your fingers in them, they will be more spread out.

I guess they can be used for fighting when in a spot, or clapping together to make noise, or for rope weaving too.

Hint: These had a specific function that is not so popular anymore, if not banned outright.
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How about a hint?
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Perhaps people need more hint than what I gave above. Let's give new thread readers a chance, then I will give another hint soon.
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Pipe holder / directors for making moonshine ?
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Here's the 2nd hint: It used to be a teaching aid.

The cropped photos show teachers holding them.
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Here's the 2nd hint: It used to be a teaching aid.

The cropped photos show teachers holding them.
Discipline device for the uncooperative child!
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Then, how is it used?
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Too hard for me... had to cheat, but don't believe I ever would have guessed.
Actually, probably not such a bad thing at all...
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don't believe I ever would have guessed...
Not even you are old enough to live through it and know this "stuff".
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OK, I think I should spill the mystery now, else people get so curious they are cheating left and right anyway. And I do not blame them, as nobody would have guessed.

It's called a "Finger Stock", and used in Victorian era schools to punish, or teach, students who fidgeted in class. It kept their hands tied behind their back, and immobilized their fingers. See the following youtube video that demonstrates the "technique".

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Interesting piece of history.

Not quite sure why they used the finger stocks...why not just bind the unruly student's hands behind his/her back?

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They wanted to lock the kid's fingers, so he could not fidget. Then, as is shown, they bound his wrists together too.
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My guess it the harder someone fought the device the more painful it become. Folks were hard on kids that were 'unruly' in those days.
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It did not take much unruliness in those days.

"Hey teacher, leave them kids alone!"

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When we misbehaved, we were locked in a closet.

BTW... on reading about the finger stocks on a Victorian website, the fingers were not "locked" in... the child just had to hold the two pieces behind the back to keep them out of mischief. If they did not do this, and freed one hand, the teacher would cut off their fingers.

It really was a different time... imagine... we didn't even use the word "sex". If we were talking about it, the word would be spelled out.. S-E-X. and no, I wasn't part of some off the wall religious sect. It was common for some of the moms in the neighborhood, to tear out the underwear pages of the Sears Catalog.
'Course what we guys said in private was a little different.

In first grade, the punishment for misbehavior was to stand in front of the whole class and sing the Star Spangled Banner... a capella.
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