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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

569. 5-1/2" long




570. This might have been a good one to post on Halloween, the photos below were sent to me by someone who has had this box up in their attic for years, it measures 12” x 10” x 6”.


The metal parts are perhaps pewter or some light alloy, the owner doesn't know what they were used for.





571. 8-1/2" long






572. 7" long


Shown fully closed in the first photo:



573. The star shaped discs are 9" diameter





574. 10-1/2" long


After removing the wing nut, the two pieces can be separated:



Answers

7 Comments:

  • 569. A hand-strike self-defense weapon disguised as a wrench.

    Vis: http://www.kungfuonline.com/article.php?article=51

    570. These might be molds for making prosthetics, possibly for theater.

    571. A tap, for making inside threads in a hole.

    572. Wire strippers/cutters for copper wiring.

    573. Tow-behind aerator for a lawn tractor.

    574. Maybe a clamp or jig for making frames?

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/26/2006 6:42 AM  

  • >569. A hand-strike self-defense weapon disguised as a wrench.

    Correct

    >570. These might be molds for making prosthetics, possibly for theater.

    Still not sure about this one

    >571. A tap, for making inside threads in a hole.

    Yes

    >572. Wire strippers/cutters...

    It could be used for that, but that's not what it was made for.

    >573. Tow-behind aerator...

    Correct

    >574. Maybe a clamp or jig for making frames?

    Nope


    More guesses for this set can be found on the newsgroup rec.puzzles under a thread titled "What is it? XCIX".

    By Blogger Rob, at 1/27/2006 3:25 PM  

  • 572. (because I own one of these): Safety fuse crimper. The bottom hole cuts safety fuse with a shearing action (not suitable for detonating cord). The top hole crimps the cut fuse into the aluminium open end of a blasting cap, while you ensure the closed end of the cap is pointed away from you. The tapered round end of the handle is used to punch holes into sticks of dynamite/gelignite/watergel to insert detonating cord or the blasting cap. The screwdriver handle is used to open boxes or make larger holes.

    By Blogger Bill Lee, at 1/27/2006 7:24 PM  

  • >572. Safety fuse crimper...


    This is correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 1/28/2006 6:31 PM  

  • 575 is an attachment for an electrical stimulation device called the violet wand.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/05/2006 12:46 AM  

  • 577 is a toaster

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/05/2006 12:47 AM  

  • 570. These are use for creating plastic molds in a vacuum machine. Plastic goes in and heats up. You then put the pewter pieces below the plastic, and a vacuum sucks the plastic down around them.

    By Anonymous SL, at 2/11/2006 8:54 PM  

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