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, December 07, 2006

Set 147

The weekly collaboration with Neatorama continues, Alex is posting another of my photos and is once again offering a t-shirt for the correct answer.

841. 2-1/2" long:

Five small screws inside of this tool can be accessed by removing the cap on the back end. They are 3/8" diameter, as indicated by the first two numbers seen in the photo above, the idea here is to identify the screws and also to state the significance of the last number (16):

842. 8-1/4" tall:

843. 6-1/4" wing span, the eagle on this piece of hardware has a function and is not just decorative:

9-5/8" long base:

844. 16-1/2" long:

845. 25" long x 17" wide:

846. 12-1/2" long:


Don't forget to stop by Neatorama.

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.


  • 841. Dont know the tool but the 16 is probablt the "pitch" of the threads. (3/8, 16 is coarse thread for 3/8

    842. Transom

    844. Check cutter

    846. Chain saw file & holder

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 12/07/2006 6:05 AM  

  • 843.
    Counter-weight, possibly for a windmill.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/07/2006 8:30 AM  

  • 843 A snow and ice guard found on a pitched roof. Some people call them "snow birds".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/07/2006 8:31 AM  

  • 845 section of an insulated concrete form or "ICF".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/07/2006 8:36 AM  

  • #843 - I'd say it's a boot scraper.

    By Anonymous Jane, at 12/07/2006 8:53 AM  

  • 841-Multi-bit transfer punch type tool,3/8-16 would be the size of the"bits" and internal threading.
    842-Celestial navigation"sextant" for aircraft,or a bombsight/
    843-Gutter guard,to keep sliding ice/snow from damaging rain gutters.
    844-Early check embosser/imprinter/
    845-"Leave in place"insulated concrete form for basements/foundations.
    846-Saw sharpening file and guide.

    By Anonymous JoeK, at 12/07/2006 4:07 PM  

  • 841 16 threads to the inch

    By Blogger jerry, at 12/07/2006 8:35 PM  

  • 842 is a Transit or Transit Instrument, used for surveying.

    By Blogger Anton Olsen, at 12/08/2006 12:08 AM  

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

    By Blogger Rob, at 12/08/2006 2:45 PM  

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