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, October 27, 2005

490. 4-3/4" long, anyone know what the small part on the right is for?

491. 3-3/4" tall

492. Close-up/partial shot of something that everyone has seen before.

493. 9" x 2" x 2.5"
Someone sent this one in looking to find out what it is.
Fully assembled:

Shown removed in this photo, the round part isn't a tight fit into the case. You can see some felt cushions that hold it in. The inside of the rectangular case is unfinished and has no odor or noticeable stains.

The round piece comes apart. It's lined with brass and had some very fine grained, dried out green sponge or foam inside. You can see there are three holes that extend into the brass lining.

494. 2-3/4" long

495. 7-1/4" long


Thursday, October 20, 2005

484. 12-7/8" long

485. 5-3/8" long

486. 14-1/2" long

487. 5" long, patented in 1870

488. Partial/close-up of an object that some people would recognize:

489. 21" diameter, shot in black and white because of some rust


Thursday, October 13, 2005

478. 3" diameter

479. 2-7/8" long, not including the strips of leather on the left

480. 51" long, 48" tall


482. 3" tall

483. 60" long


Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Welcome readers of the Tangled Bank!

472. 5" long

473. Another close-up of something most people have seen before:

474. 36" long

475. 10" long

476. 6" long

477. 12-3/4" long


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If anyone is interested, I added a new post to my pseudoscope page explaining how to make one with mirrors.