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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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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









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Answers

13 Comments:

  • 377. used for scribing lines in metal

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 6/16/2005 6:14 AM  

  • 376. Steel mill/foundry safety glasses
    377. Retractable metal scribe

    By Blogger Canem, at 6/16/2005 6:23 AM  

  • 380. A molinillo, used to stir and froth hot chocolate in Mexico.

    By Blogger Bob Dively, at 6/16/2005 8:44 AM  

  • 378. Tuning peg for a stringed instrument

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/16/2005 8:17 PM  

  • 379. Always first with an educated guess: This looks like other firefighter combination tools. Note the section that is used to open a hydrant valve.

    - Edward

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/17/2005 2:45 AM  

  • >377. used for scribing lines in metal

    Correct

    >376. Steel mill/foundry safety glasses

    Close but not correct

    >377. Retractable metal scribe

    Yes, but it doesn't retract, the tip comes out and is reversed, with a blunt end then exposed.

    >380. A molinillo...

    >378. Tuning peg for a stringed instrument

    >379. Always first with an educated guess: This looks like other firefighter combination tools.

    These last three are correct.

    Rob

    By Blogger Rob, at 6/17/2005 3:40 PM  

  • 376. Guess - glass blower's protective eyewear?
    377. Known - diamond scribe for use on glass

    By Anonymous Timothy, at 6/17/2005 3:45 PM  

  • >376. Guess - glass blower's protective eyewear?

    Nope

    >377. Known - diamond scribe for use on glass

    Partially correct, it's a carbide scribe for metal, glass or tile

    By Blogger Rob, at 6/18/2005 11:45 AM  

  • 376. they're for driving a car

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2005 11:35 PM  

  • >376. they're for driving a car

    Correct, they are Willson driving goggles.

    By Blogger Rob, at 6/20/2005 3:17 AM  

  • 381 looks like ascrew out

    By Anonymous rick, at 6/20/2005 4:19 PM  

  • >381 looks like a screw out

    I not familiar with those, but others have said that the threads run in the wrong direction to be an "easy out" or "screw out".

    By Blogger Rob, at 6/20/2005 4:37 PM  

  • 380: Chocolate maker (used in Central American countries)

    By Blogger Four Flavors, at 8/17/2005 3:34 PM  

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