What is it?

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.

For first time visitors I recommend this archive for a wide variety of some of my best pieces.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

357. 9-1/2" long







358. A close-up of something that used to be common







359. The foreground part is 3" long





360. This one is a pin mounted in a film canister, with a pin hole in the bottom of the container. Once again, the puzzle here is to determine the purpose of this small project.







361. A partial shot of something that I saw at the antique show last week.




362. 3-5/8" long






Answers

12 Comments:

  • 357. wheel weight pliers. Used to install/remove clip on weights for balancing tires
    358. divider for an ice cube tray

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 5/26/2005 5:48 AM  

  • 357. pa-ter is correct - self releasing ice tray divider. Aluminum.
    359. Leg iron (cuff) with screw lock mechanism
    361. Back of phone switchboard.

    By Blogger Canem, at 5/26/2005 6:20 AM  

  • 357: I agree with pa-ter,or it could be a tool for shoeing horses.
    358: Definitely an ice cube tray
    359: Bit for a draft horse
    360: Scope or sighting device
    361: Telephone switch board, my father has the thing that goes into the hole to connect the two parties. His mother was a switch board operator in the early part of the 20th century!

    By Anonymous krickit, at 5/26/2005 11:27 AM  

  • 362. possibly a tool to set the pitch when sharpening saw blades

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/27/2005 5:50 AM  

  • I have no clue. But very entertaining and fun. Nice job, can't wait to find out the answers. Intriguing idea for a blog, original.

    By Blogger The Complimenting Commenter, at 5/27/2005 1:36 PM  

  • >357. wheel weight pliers...
    >358. divider for an ice cube tray
    >359. Leg iron (cuff)...
    >361. Back of phone switchboard.

    All correct, though the 359 was marked handcuffs

    >357: I agree with pa-ter...
    >358: Definitely an ice cube tray

    Both correct

    >359: Bit for a draft horse
    >360: Scope or sighting device

    Both incorrect

    >361: Telephone switch board...

    Correct

    >362. possibly a tool to set the pitch when sharpening saw blades

    I'm still trying to find out what this is for, it's inscribed "deflecting key"

    Rob

    By Blogger Rob, at 5/27/2005 4:26 PM  

  • Deflection is in fact an angle used in saw blades

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/28/2005 8:59 PM  

  • >Deflection is in fact an angle used in saw blades

    Best guesses that I've heard so far are that it's used for adjusting the vanes in furnace air vents or that it's used with saw blades, I haven't been able to verify either one.

    By Blogger Rob, at 5/29/2005 11:03 AM  

  • Your blog is extremely interesting....great job!

    By Blogger Mona, at 5/31/2005 4:45 PM  

  • 362. deflector key - used to adjust barr type grills and registers.

    By Anonymous prietena, at 6/08/2005 4:11 PM  

  • >362. deflector key - used to adjust barr type grills and registers

    This is probably correct

    Rob

    By Blogger Rob, at 6/08/2005 7:11 PM  

  • 362. I don't know but I have one too.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 5/11/2007 8:23 PM  

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