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Mikelkie07/09/2019 22:07:53
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What are these wires used for?mystery objects

Mikelkie07/09/2019 22:09:19
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Edited By Mikelkie on 07/09/2019 22:11:05

Mikelkie07/09/2019 22:09:44
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Neil Wyatt07/09/2019 22:34:15
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Looks like a stock boxes for a seller.

'Piano' wire is very hard and can be brittle if bent too far so it furtehr work hardens, good for pivots and pins and some springs.

Iron wire is soft and easily bent to shape.

I imagine the 'hard steel wire' is intermediate.


Cornish Jack07/09/2019 22:38:10
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Much used in model aircraft , for push-rod ends and similar. Almost anything requiring thin high strength - lantern pinions for clocks maybe? Very useful stuff, particularly as you appear to have a number of different gauges.



old mart08/09/2019 16:19:16
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Swedish made top quality steel. The iron wire is commonly used for holding things together while they are being brazed or silver soldered. The piano wire and the hard steel would be of interest to horologists

larry phelan 108/09/2019 17:43:24
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I seem to remember that Hitler used piano wire to strangle people he did not like.

I suppose it has other uses as well.

SillyOldDuffer08/09/2019 17:54:54
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Wild guess - part of a piano repairman's outfit. As the wires all appear to be the same size, I'm thinking of the rods that connect piano keys to their hammers. Three grades of rod giving different degrees of spring might be handy for adjusting how the hammer whacks the strings.


Martin Hamilton 108/09/2019 18:36:05
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Piano wire is also what they use to run tethered cars & hydroplanes on, very strong wire indeed but must be looked after re even the slightest kink in the tether wire must be replaced. Needs to be strong when a 16 lbs flash steam hydro is running at over 130mph & an electric tether car is running over 220 mph.

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