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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.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

666. Submitted by a reader of this site:

The base measures approx. 3" x 4".

667. 1-7/8" long

668. 6-1/2" long

Written on this tool:
Pat. May 6, 1890
Pat. July 19, 1892
Pat. Apr. 2, 1907
Pat. June 17, 1913
W. Schollhorn Co.
New Haven, Conn.

669. 9-1/2" tall

The dowels fit loosely at the top and bottom, they don't come out of the holes but the entire thing is slightly flexible, as seen below:

670. 6-1/2" long

671. Partial shot, 15" tall:

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  • 666 A pencil sharpener
    667 A match tin

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 8:21 AM  

  • 668 For installing ends on ignition wires

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 8:35 AM  

  • Guesses:
    667 - Condom tin
    670 - Tree step

    By Anonymous rfp, at 5/18/2006 11:35 AM  

  • 670 - A riffler? A type of small curved rasp for shaping material.

    By Blogger Roscoe, at 5/18/2006 7:34 PM  

  • Item 665: Mercury Marine: Tool for bending locking tabs that secure propeller nut. Pointed jaw goes in beveled indent in center of prop shaft, flat end grips locking tabs to bend them away from prop lock retainer. Currently 1000's in use in the marine business.

    Don Dando, Liberty, MO

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/18/2006 8:13 PM  

  • >666 A pencil sharpener

    I'm waiting on an email from the owner of this one to let me know what it is.

    >667 A match tin


    >668 For installing ends on ignition wires

    I don't know for sure what this tool is for.

    >667 - Condom tin
    >670 - Tree step

    >670 - A riffler?

    These three are incorrect

    >Item 665: Mercury Marine: Tool for bending locking tabs...

    Thanks, I did some searching but couldn't find any similar tools, any idea where we could see another one on the web?

    By Blogger Rob, at 5/19/2006 4:34 PM  

  • 669 nut cracker

    By Anonymous tacohead, at 5/19/2006 6:07 PM  

  • >669 nut cracker


    By Blogger Rob, at 5/19/2006 6:32 PM  

  • >666 A pencil sharpener

    Just found out that this is correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 5/19/2006 6:55 PM  

  • How is the nut-cracker (669) used? Interesting piece of equipment? Is it meant for household use?

    By Anonymous mvk, at 5/21/2006 1:21 AM  

  • >How is the nut-cracker (669) used? Interesting piece of equipment? Is it meant for household use?

    Yes, it's for household use, please check the answer page to see a link to a page that explains it, they also have a video if you would like to see it.

    By Blogger Rob, at 5/21/2006 4:57 AM  

  • anyone know how much is a blawrence stationary co ny punch cutter is its year is may 6 1890 and theres also another date on it jan. 1901..........if you have any information email me at z28camarowildman@aol.com

    By Anonymous Ricky McDaniel, at 1/18/2011 2:51 PM  

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