Probably a cased Mah Jong set. Late 19th century. Made in China for the Western Market.
12. The date's about right....
P.s. Above refers to number 12.
(9) Is a cocoanut shell snuff or powder flask. Early 19th century.(11) Is a pair of sugar nippers to cut managably sized chunks of sugar off a cone shaped sugar loaf. English (?) with an unusually complex spring. Early/mid nineteenth century.
9. Yes, ugly brute, ain't it?11. Yes, I guess it's fairly recent, or possibly industrial; I've never seen a domestic pair with a return spring before.
They often have a form of return spring. It's usually a flat spring riveted inside one of the two handles with the upper end of the spring working on the other handle up near the hinge.
When was the concentrically coiled spring first used in horological design? They're very abundant in a swathe of mid 20th century industrial machines for reciprocation.
1. a device for de-topping soft boiled eggs2. a bronze age trumpet from the Dowris hoard 900-600BC3. a crotal from Armagh in Ireland (a bell placed around the neck of a wether or other livestock)4. a double caliper or comparator5. a Halligan bar used globally by fire and rescue services for forcing entry to vehicles and buildings6. a combination wire-fencing tool7. a lawn edge-trimmer8. a lid-crimper10. a multi-tool for opening crates12. a japanese table-top cabinet13. Japanese order of the sacred treasure 3rd class14. Japanese silver table medal of 1919