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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, September 28, 2006

Set 134

780. 3" long, the small channel in the middle is 1/4" wide:










781. 50" long












782. Approx. 14" long:











783. 3" diameter, thanks to Julie for these photos:













784. 6-1/4" long, patented in 1889. A stylus can be placed in the small holes to rotate the inner discs, which will change the numbers displayed in the center slot, as seen in the second photo:













785. 12" tall, patented September 2, 1890. Thanks to Gary for submitting this unidentified item, it opens to 6" wide at the tips and 8 1/2" inside. Closed completely, the inside dimension is 4" and the points almost touch:












Answers














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





10 Comments:

  • 780 "Super 8" film splicer

    By Blogger jerry, at 9/28/2006 5:07 AM  

  • 780. Reel-to-reel audio tape splicer.

    785. logging hook?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/28/2006 7:19 AM  

  • 783 is a tripod coupler for a telephoto lens.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/28/2006 8:00 AM  

  • 783. Tripod lens mount, used for stability when telephoto lens is heavier than camera body.

    By Blogger canem, at 9/28/2006 8:03 AM  

  • 781- clam or mussel shovel

    By Anonymous richard d schomer, at 9/28/2006 2:55 PM  

  • 783 looks specifically like an 80-400 Nikon VR zoom lens collar, infamous for having too small a tensioning knob and for its flexible, vibration-prone design. I've replaced mine with a better aftermarket product.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/28/2006 3:05 PM  

  • 782 A carpet stretcher.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/28/2006 4:16 PM  

  • >780 "Super 8" film splicer

    Nope

    >780. Reel-to-reel audio tape splicer.

    Correct

    >785. logging hook?

    Probably right

    >783 is a tripod coupler for a telephoto lens.

    >783. Tripod lens mount, used for stability when telephoto lens is heavier than camera body.

    Yes

    >781- clam or mussel shovel

    That's not what it was marked.

    >783 looks specifically like an 80-400 Nikon VR zoom lens collar...

    I'm not sure about the brand on this collar.

    >782 A carpet stretcher.

    This is the right answer according to the person who was selling it.

    By Blogger Rob, at 9/29/2006 5:23 AM  

  • 785. I looked through all of the patents for September 2, 1890 and only the patent 435,590 that you mention resembles the object. I think that whoever suggested that the object is the grappling hook is right.

    By Anonymous Sawdust, at 9/30/2006 1:07 PM  

  • >785. I looked through all of the patents for September 2, 1890...

    I agree, it's probably too small to be used on logs, I just changed my post on the answer page.

    By Blogger Rob, at 10/01/2006 6:15 PM  

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