Hazard A Guess: Week of March 25, 2010


Hello from Hazard!

Clark Colby of North Huntingdon, Pa., has solved a Hazard mystery: Item No. 885.

Colby says the item is a threading plate used by watchmakers and other vintage precision machinists to hand cut threads on small screws or to “chase” threads on damaged screws.

Each hole has a different thread size.

Colby guesses the item we showed is between 100 and 150 years old.


Item No. 885

Many thanks!

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No one responded to Item No. 887, first shared last week, so we’ll show it again this week.

Reader Nello Mungai of Hickory, Pa., sent in the photo for a friend. Can anyone help them out? It’s marked “Pat’d Sept. 9 1890”.

Item No. 887

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  1. Item NO. 888 is a Heat Diffuser. It is used to prevent scorching of pots and pans. It can be used on gas or electric stoves. we use one everyday for our glass coffee pot. I also use when simmering sauces that have a tendency to stick.

  2. item #888 a heat diffuser, we use one for cooking down our sauces and fruit butters, have for many years .i also like it for cooking/simmering rice.very useful kitchen tool.


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