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, June 08, 2006

684. 12-3/4" tall

685. Partial shot of something most people have seen before, I don't own this one:

686. A visitor sent in this photo looking to identify these items, her description of it is below:

This device was found on a restored historical structure here in Maryland. It appears to be a metal electrical enclosure with something on the cover of it, and a long wire hanging down from it to a stylus like point which is hung via two brackets on the ceiling of a porch.

687. 22-1/2" long, the shaft attached to the handle is hollow and has a slot from end to end:

688. Another unidentified tool from a visitor, 12" long:

With a child's hand holding down the lever:



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

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  • 684. Dynamo, for setting off explosives?

    685. Space suit?

    By Anonymous mike, at 6/08/2006 8:50 AM  

  • 684. Plunger to set of dynamite.
    685. Space suit - type worn by Neil Armstrong.
    686. Possibly parts of an old remote thermometer?
    687. Used to roll old newspapers into tight logs for the fireplace.

    By Blogger canem, at 6/08/2006 10:36 AM  

  • 688-egg carton shaper 689-jet console

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/08/2006 11:58 AM  

  • 684. Vintage blasting machine
    685. Apollo space suit connections
    686. Older thermostat with "outside temperature" reading/setback
    687. Wood saver. Makes tight "logs" from newspaper
    688. Egg carton former. instert cardboard press down
    689. Control panel from an apollo spacecraft

    By Anonymous LennyNero, at 6/08/2006 10:28 PM  

  • They've all been answered correctly this week, please see the answer link for more details.

    One more puzzle for this set:

    The gloves for Armstrong's Gemini space suit had a feature that I've never seen in another pair, what was it that made them unique?

    By Blogger Rob, at 6/09/2006 3:16 PM  

  • Could it be that........
    The gloves were not white like all other astronaut gloves?

    By Blogger canem, at 6/10/2006 2:56 PM  

  • >Could it be that........
    The gloves were not white like all other astronaut gloves?

    The answer that I'm looking for involves something that was added onto them, something common but not usually found on gloves. I'll give the answer on Monday if no one gets it.

    By Blogger Rob, at 6/10/2006 3:45 PM  

  • Was it product placement? A Omega watch perhaps?

    By Anonymous mvk, at 6/11/2006 12:35 PM  

  • >Was it product placement? A Omega watch perhaps?

    Nope, it wasn't a watch.

    By Blogger Rob, at 6/11/2006 4:07 PM  

  • They had a squeegee built in for his visor?

    By Anonymous Toronto, at 6/22/2006 11:57 PM  

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