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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.

For first time visitors I recommend this archive for a wide variety of some of my best pieces.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

744. 7-1/4" long












745. 5-1/2" long










746. 3-1/2" tall:










747. 4-1/2" long












748. 7-1/2" x 8":


The two small pieces can be rotated 360 degrees.










749. Approx. 6" x 12", submitted by a visitor, dug up in a backyard in Wilmington, MA:






The first three items in this post were photographed at an antique machinery show where someone had a very interesting display of vintage hand tools, while there I also took some photos of several great looking old steam tractors.







Answers















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





12 Comments:

  • 745. A photographic flash. The fan-like bit deploys around the hub to make a psuedo parabolic reflector and a one use flashbulb goes in the socket in the hub.

    By Anonymous Rich Osman, at 8/17/2006 5:03 AM  

  • That should have said 747, not 745

    By Anonymous Rich Osman, at 8/17/2006 5:05 AM  

  • 744 - Sharpener for core hole borer. Pointy, tapered edge goes into the hole borer, is turned, and the knife blade sharpens the borer.

    By Anonymous rfp, at 8/17/2006 5:34 AM  

  • 749 Guessing that this is a front plate from an old 1930's radio.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/17/2006 12:26 PM  

  • 749 - Could be the bezel from a grandfather clock or similar clock.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/17/2006 1:01 PM  

  • 747 old camra flash

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/18/2006 3:12 AM  

  • 744 - Wooops! Just noticed on my post above I wrote "core hole borer." Should havee been "cork hole borer."

    By Anonymous rfp, at 8/18/2006 5:36 AM  

  • >747. A photographic flash...

    >744 - Sharpener for cork hole borer.

    Both correct

    >749 Guessing that this is a front plate from an old 1930's radio.

    >749 - Could be the bezel from a grandfather clock or similar clock.

    Don't yet know what this is, I'm still researching this piece of hardware.

    >747 old camera flash

    Yes

    By Blogger Rob, at 8/18/2006 2:56 PM  

  • 746 - An old car axle stand, maybe?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/19/2006 6:25 AM  

  • 746. 3 1/2 inches tall...an adjustable prop or support or holder...maybe for things in a kiln/furnace/heat treater or the like?
    A prop for corpses used by morticians?

    By Anonymous Mike, at 8/19/2006 5:50 PM  

  • >746 - An old car axle stand, maybe?

    Nope, it's too small for that.

    >746. 3 1/2 inches tall...an adjustable prop or support or holder...

    It's a holder, but not for those items. Please check the answer link for the solution.

    By Blogger Rob, at 8/19/2006 8:08 PM  

  • 749. It looks like it could have been a gas lamp escucheon. the large hole might have housed a parabolic mirror.
    Just a guess.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/23/2006 7:12 AM  

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