What In Sam Hill Are These?

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by n2mf, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. n2mf

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    These were in a pile of photographic equipment that I purchased from a retired photographer.

    Do you know what they are?

    If so, please share.

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  2. Tom1956

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    Don't be fooled. Just because they came in a load of old photo junk doesn't mean they had anything to do with photography. BTDT.
     
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    They look like pressure thingys from a contact printing frame? Maybe?
    But I agree with Tom, too.
     
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    Yes, this is true.
     
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    You don't show the size of them. If they are quite small, they could be clips for holding groundglass in place.
     
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    The pressure springs from a contact printing frame, But then I started looking at them closer and have no idea.
     
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    5 1/2" & 6 1/2" long, closed. Double that opened.
     
  8. Jeff Kubach

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    Maybe thongs?

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    Do you mean tongs? 'Cause thongs of metal?? :whistling:
     
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    There is a sure-fire way to find out what they are. Throw them in the garbage and wait at least 2 weeks. Then, you'll figure out what they were and how badly you had been needing them for years. Works every time.
     
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    The thingamagigs that hold the watchmacallet. Could they be used to keep leather bellows in place? The spring that activates the Decisive Moment Indicator?
     
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    weights for hanging and drying film?:confused:
     
  13. n2mf

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    Actually, that probably makes sense. These were in the boxes that had all the developing stuff.
     
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    Pressure arms from an early wet plate camera/developing station?
     
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    Bent scissor hinges from the bellows of a pocket camera? Heh. Looks like garbage.
     
  16. Bill Burk

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    This is what I think they are... hold-downs for plates/paper on a board used as a coating station.

    They could also be used on a copystand to hold squirrely copy such as loose pages or books open to the page you are copying.

    The fact one of them seems to have a wire soldered to it makes me think whoever used these before might have been doing some copperplating and used one to make contact with electricity.
     
  17. Jeff Kubach

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    Sorry about my mispelling.

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    Struts from the world's first field camera.
     
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    hinges for sure. swing away springs of some sort. can be used to hold gg n film holders maybe?
     
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    I think they are paper clips from the late 1800's early 1900's. In the early 70's I worked in an office supply store and I remember something very close to these that accounting companies used a lot.