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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, November 16, 2006

Set 144

823. 2-5/8" long, the other side looks the same except that it's numbered 6 thru 10:

This is a container that was filled with different sized small metal pieces. Turning the knurled end piece reveals a separate chamber for each number.

I don't know what these are, hopefully someone will recognize them:

824. 71 pounds or 32.2 kilograms:

825. 36" long, widest diameter is 4", marked "Bell System", with a metal cap on the small end:

826. Approx. 32" tall:

827. 5" tall

828. 5-1/8" long


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

More discussion and comments on these photos can be found at the newsgroup rec.puzzles.


  • 824 - Seems it was used in the railroad industry in the UK, possibly to forge engines, etc.?? Picture of two men holding the hammer can be seen here:


    By Anonymous rfp, at 11/16/2006 10:15 AM  

  • Correct, it was for the railroad industry, but according to the owner it was for knocking around rails and ties. Thanks for the link.

    By Blogger Rob, at 11/17/2006 6:25 PM  

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