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, March 23, 2006

618. 16" long, the other side reads "Westerly, R.I., Wilcox Donahue & Co."

619. 8-1/2" long

620. 3-1/2" long

These next two were sent in by a visitor of this site.
621. 22" long

622. 6" long

623. Another close-up photo:


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Last week's photos are seen below, click here to view the full post:


  • 620. Jig for drilling holes in the edge of a door for the bolt.

    623. The icon for the "Open Door" button in an elevator.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/23/2006 5:04 AM  

  • 618 - A stone cutter's bush hammer for dressing stone
    620 - Stanley #59 dowelling jig

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/23/2006 11:42 AM  

  • 618. Stone surfacing hammer.

    By Blogger canem, at 3/23/2006 6:15 PM  

  • 619 - Upholsterer's webbing stretcher and tack remover.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/23/2006 9:29 PM  

  • O.K. Here is what I typed before getting to here where I could read what was posted by others. I've cut and pasted this into here from a file I typed earlier

    I'm going to have to post this to the web site this time, as it
    appears that my news server is experiencing problems. I've been able to
    get *nothing* all day. Hopefully, I will be back on line tomorrow.

    In the meanwhile, I *would* *have* been reading this and responding
    in rec.crafts.metalworking, if the news server were up.

    618) Some kind of hammer with replacable strikers.
    Rather heavy, perhaps for breaking up slag, or
    chipping off of stone.

    619) Another strange tool. The handle end appears to
    be set for pulling tacks or small nails. Perhap this
    is a tool to stretch webbing under furniture.

    620) This is designed for putting a hole a precise distance
    from the edge of something like a door -- probably for
    positioning the striker of a lockset. You drill through
    the tube, and there is a set of index marks for different
    sizes of holes.

    621) Spring loaded hooks for catching and pulling something.
    Perhaps wire, or an eye hook on the top of something.
    You just push the tips down and they snap on whatever
    it is, and then pull to lift it.

    622) Some kind of pressue relief valve, or perhaps a one-way
    valve of some sort. I would guess for water or steam.

    623) This looks like a button for reversing a tape being
    played -- probably a cassette tape.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/24/2006 1:29 AM  

  • They've all been answered correctly, or at least close enough, please check the answer link for more details.

    By Blogger Rob, at 3/24/2006 4:57 PM  

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