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 14, 2006

Set 148

847. 3-1/2" long:

848. 1-5/8" long, the puzzle here is to determine where this was found, or where it came from:

849. Thanks to Alex at Neatorama for finding this photo, more comments on it can be found on his site.

850. 9" long:

851. 7-3/8" long:

852. 10" long at the base:


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.


  • 848. A cordless phone or scanner battery, usually wrapped in plastic or encased in a removeable hard plastic case.

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 12/14/2006 6:09 AM  

  • Definitely a ni-cad battery pack...at 7.2V it's a little much for a phone though...could be from almost anything from about a decade ago.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2006 8:46 AM  

  • 852 Telegraph recorder. Extensively used years ago by fire departments and alarm companies to record alarm box locations. Each firehouse in the district would have one. You would "read" the punched holes to know what alarm box location to respond to.
    Variations of this machine inked onto the tape.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2006 10:30 AM  

  • 852. I think most of us would know this as a ticker tape machine.

    - Edward

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2006 6:07 PM  

  • 848 standard 9 volt battery, naked.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2006 9:34 PM  

  • 852 According to an 1892 E.S. Greeley Co. electrical apparatus catalog the unit pictured here is an "Ink Writing Fire Alarm Register".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2006 10:14 PM  

  • A couple of the guesses are correct, please check the answer page for more info.

    By Blogger Rob, at 12/15/2006 6:00 PM  

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