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, May 04, 2006

654. 2" square, 1" tall when closed, thanks to Leo Lichtman for submitting this one:

655. 23" long

656. 7-1/2" long


658. A reader of this site went to the North American Model Engineering Society's (NAMES) exposition in Southgate, Michigan and took some photos of the machine seen below. It is approx. 9" long, hopefully someone will recognize this engine, its exact purpose is unknown.

More photos of this machine can be seen here.

659. 6-1/2" long, one from a set of two:


Last week's set is seen below, click here to view the full post:


  • 659. combined with its other half, a periscope to see while driving a tank with the drivers hatch closed. circa WWII

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 5/04/2006 5:41 AM  

  • 655 - If blade is beveled only on one side, it's a hewing ax. If beveled on both sides, I think it's a broad ax.

    By Anonymous rfp, at 5/04/2006 5:48 AM  

  • 655. I think it's called a froe. Used for making beams.
    659. I concur, it's a tank periscope.
    656. Small crucible holder?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2006 7:16 AM  

  • 658 A player piano action

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2006 8:13 AM  

  • 658 Correcting my last post. This is a player piano drive motor.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2006 9:02 AM  

  • 656 corn sheller

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2006 1:01 PM  

  • 654 A razor blade sharpener

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2006 8:45 PM  

  • 657. The end of a shuttle, used for weaving cloth.

    By Blogger GreenHex, at 5/05/2006 8:56 AM  

  • Correct answers so far:

    654. Razor blade sharpener

    655. Cooper's broad axe

    656. Corn sheller


    658. Haven't yet verified what this machine is

    659. Tank periscope

    By Blogger Rob, at 5/05/2006 4:47 PM  

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