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Thursday, December 22, 2005

539. 6" tall, liquid can flow into the attached tubing at either end.





540. 4" long





541. 5-1/4" x 4-1/4"







542.





543. Another unidentified item that has been submitted, it was found in an early home in upstate NY. The patent appears to be 18?? and is stamped on back of what looks like a tack hammer head. Overall length is 14 1/2" , iron teeth strip is 12" L x 5/16" W , mounted on a 1/2" x 1" rectangular strip of wood (wood is nicely fluted on top)







544. 4-3/4" diameter





Answers

8 Comments:

  • 541. Plug-in auto heater/defroster.
    544. Fly casting reel.

    By Blogger canem, at 12/22/2005 6:23 AM  

  • Item 543 is part of a rug stretcher.

    Item 533 looks like a mop holder (without handle)

    Item 541 looks like a speaker

    By Anonymous djhammerd, at 12/22/2005 6:36 AM  

  • 542. Psycic mindreading cards thingys.

    By Anonymous BlackBag, at 12/22/2005 4:34 PM  

  • 542: Part of a rummy-like card game. I don't remember the name, but it was fairly popular two or three years ago, and might still be in the stores.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/22/2005 10:42 PM  

  • 539. Degreasing Pitcher

    540. Test Tube holder with lid

    541. Desk Fan/Heater

    542. Psychic Test Cards

    543. Upholstery/Carpet Stretcher

    544. Fly Rod Reel

    By Blogger Chris, at 12/23/2005 12:17 PM  

  • 539 - Looks like a variant of a Thiele-Dennis tube that is used to determine the melting point of solids.

    By Anonymous kr81021, at 12/23/2005 12:52 PM  

  • >541. Plug-in auto heater/defroster.

    Yes, but it's a better defroster than heater. I use it until my car's defroster heats up.

    >544. Fly casting reel.

    Correct

    >Item 543 is part of a rug stretcher.

    I haven't been able to verify this, any idea where we could confirm your answer?

    >Item 533 looks like a mop holder (without handle)

    >Item 541 looks like a speaker

    >542. Psycic mindreading cards thingys.

    These three aren't correct


    >542: Part of a rummy-like card game...

    I'm not familiar with rummy so I'll take your word on that, this game is called Set, see the answer link for more details.

    >539. Degreasing Pitcher

    >540. Test Tube holder with lid

    Both incorrect

    >541. Desk Fan/Heater

    Close

    >542. Psychic Test Cards

    Nope

    >543. Upholstery/Carpet Stretcher

    Not sure, see above

    >544. Fly Rod Reel

    Yes

    >539 - Looks like a variant of a Thiele-Dennis tube that is used to determine the melting point of solids.

    Correct

    By Blogger Rob, at 12/23/2005 3:07 PM  

  • 542 - the card game 'Set', still published by Set Enterprises, Inc.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/24/2006 1:01 PM  

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