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I've been collecting unusual objects for quite a while, and several years ago I started posting them on this site as puzzles for visitors to figure out what they are. Most of the items are mine but a few belong to others, if you aren't interested in tools there are plenty of other type objects that have also been posted.

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Monday, October 11, 2004

150. 3/8" diameter

151. 5 1/2" long

152. 3 1/2" long

153. 5" long at the base

154. 13 1/2" long



  • 153: A Leaf Spring Speader. Used to spread the leaves apart on old auto leaf springs in order to lubricate them.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/11/2004 9:57 AM  

  • >153: A Leaf Spring Spreader...

    I haven't verified it anywhere else, but that's exactly what it was marked when I bought it.


    By Blogger Rob, at 10/11/2004 5:22 PM  

  • 150. The nose end of a "burr" used in a die grinder or possibly a milling machine to cut metal.

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 10/12/2004 6:09 AM  

  • #154 is a Japanese nail set.


    By Blogger Roscoe, at 10/12/2004 1:34 PM  

  • #150 looks like the top view of carving burr.

    Similar to:

    only bigger

    By Blogger Roscoe, at 10/12/2004 1:44 PM  

  • >150. The nose end of a "burr" used in a die grinder or possibly a milling machine to cut metal.

    You have the right idea, but I think it's for wood.

    >#154 is a Japanese nail set.

    This one isn't a nail set, it's over 140 years old and it's twice as long as the one at the link.

    >#150 looks like the top view of carving burr.


    By Blogger Rob, at 10/12/2004 3:31 PM  

  • I take it back, #150 is too big to be one of those nail sets.

    By Blogger Roscoe, at 10/12/2004 3:32 PM  

  • #151 - This is a "hoof pick" - used to clean dirt from the area inside a horse's hoof

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/25/2004 5:48 AM  

  • Yes # 151 is an old hoof pick, the marking denotes that it ws probably used for naval horses, which would mean its at least 50 years old.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/02/2004 6:28 AM  

  • 152 Watchmakers roller jewel setting tool

    it's a tool for holding a roller while still mounted on the balance wheel and staff, there is a groove on the inside of the jaws, this holds the roller and doesn't allow the balance wheel to touch the jaws, the roller jewel is held in place with shellac, the long tail is gently heated with a spirit lamp, this softens the shellac so the roller jewel can be adjusted

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/10/2005 7:09 PM  

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