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, November 30, 2006

Set 146

The collaboration with Neatorama continues this week, Alex is posting another of my photos and once again offering a t-shirt for the correct answer. His web site is one of the few that I visit every day, if you enjoy surfing the web, it's a great place to start.

835. Approx. 8" long:

836. 10-1/4" long:

837. The box is 12" long and 6" wide with a divider in the middle to make two compartments, the top piece can slide to cover either side:

838. 5" long:

839. Partial shot, 1-1/2" diameter:

840. 4" long:


The owner of an unidentified tool sent in a link to a page of photos of it, maybe someone here will recognize this one.


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.


  • 839
    case clock pendulum

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/30/2006 4:55 AM  

  • 837 looks like a voting box. You put a white or black marble in the box to vote.

    By Anonymous Ray, at 11/30/2006 6:57 AM  

  • 839. Agree - adjustable clock pendulum
    840. Climbing piton

    By Blogger canem, at 11/30/2006 9:01 AM  

  • 837 is obviously Charles Babbage's Wii controller.

    By Anonymous Bret Kulakovich, at 11/30/2006 10:49 AM  

  • 835---RPM counter--trigger releases
    big wheel from rotating screw. JJW

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/30/2006 10:57 AM  

  • 837 looks like something you would put a ball of string or yarn into and thread it through the hole to control how it pays out. So the ball of thread/yarn doesn't jump or run away.

    By Anonymous FatFred, at 11/30/2006 10:07 PM  

  • Hi! Nifty blog you have. Found my way here from Neatorama. There is an odd little store in my hometown that I visited once after years of curiosity, and though many things were quite highly priced it was fun to peruse. If you are ever in that area, maybe you would like to visit!

    It's called:

    Lynn Hardings Antique Instruments of the Professions and Sciences

    Location and Phone#:
    103 West Aliso Street
    Ojai, CA 93023

    The shopowner prefers scheduled appointments, but I just stopped by and rang the doorbell. Anyway, I thought you might be interested. The town is about 90 miles north of L.A., and about 10-15 miles inland from Ventura.

    By Anonymous Claire, at 12/01/2006 5:31 AM  

  • >839 case clock pendulum

    >837 looks like a voting box...

    >839. Agree - adjustable clock pendulum
    >840. Climbing piton

    >835---RPM counter--...

    These are all correct.

    >There is an odd little store in my hometown...

    Sounds like an interesting shop, I don't have any plans to travel to the west coast, but next time I'm in the area I'll definitely take a look. Thanks

    By Blogger Rob, at 12/01/2006 2:47 PM  

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