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, June 30, 2005

388. Someone sent in these photos, looking to identify this set of tools.

389. I don't own this one, the photo was taken at a local flight museum.

390. 1" tall, both ends look the same

391. Another one from the flight museum.

392. 6-1/4" long

393. This photo was also emailed to me, by someone wanting to know if this cutting tool is for a particular purpose.


Thursday, June 23, 2005

382. 2" long

Both ends work the same

Washburne, patented March 27, 1894

383. 12" long

384. 6" tall

385. 15" long

386. Thanks to Joe for submitting these photos:

387. 2" long


Tuesday, June 14, 2005

376. Patented in 1912, name the specific purpose for which these were made.

377. 5-1/2" long

378. Thanks to Julie for this photo, it's a partial/close-up of something everyone would recognize.

Also thanks to Eugene, Steve and Paul respectively for submitting the next three items, they are all looking to identify the objects.

379. 9-3/4" long, aluminum




Thursday, June 09, 2005

370. 8" long

Handles compressed

371. 9-1/4" long

372. 12" long, Patent Feb. 24 1925 No. 10

373. A close-up of something that everyone would recognize

374. 3-3/4" tall

375. 6" long


Wednesday, June 01, 2005

363. Two prisms, these alone can be used to create a makeshift version of a very amazing device, something that most people are probably not familiar with. The puzzle here is to name the device. Each prism is 1-3/4" long.

364. Thanks to Andy for submitting these photos

365. 3-1/2" long, thanks to Julie for this one

366. A close-up of something that everyone would recognize

367. 2-1/4" long

368. 1-1/2" long, thanks to Elijah for this photo, it's a tool he made for a very specific purpose. What is it and what was it made for?

369. 10-1/2" long