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 21, 2006

Set 149

853. 3" long:

854. 5" long:

From Jack Devitt's collection.

855. 33" long, submitted by a visitor:

856. Partial/close-up shot of an object well known to some people, though others might be unfamiliar with it:

857. 12-1/2" tall:

858. Approx. 10" long:

859. 3" wide x 4-1/2" long:


Continuing the weekly collaboration, another of my photos that has not been posted on this site can be found on 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.


  • 856. Windshield Ice Scraper

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2006 10:54 AM  

  • 853 firing pin

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2006 11:58 AM  

  • the last object is a relay. 110 volts ac is supplied to the coil and it pulls in and makes the switch.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/21/2006 8:33 PM  

  • pure guesses..

    854: fish scaler
    858: peppercorn/rocksalt grinder

    By Blogger Lab Brat, at 12/21/2006 11:03 PM  

  • 859:Antique telegraph relay.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/22/2006 2:27 AM  

  • 853-?
    854-Hand held chisel for rock/ice
    855-Cutter for metal bolts/rods,etc..
    857-To measure the thickness of metal sheets
    858-Bird call?
    859-Morse Code Anyone?Telegraph

    By Anonymous Anthony V., at 12/22/2006 11:18 AM  

  • 858. knife or razor sharpener

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/22/2006 11:59 AM  

  • Correct answers so far:

    853. Firing pin

    856. Ice scraper for windshields

    857. Measuring tool

    859. Relay

    Please check the answer page for more info.

    By Blogger Rob, at 12/22/2006 4:56 PM  

  • 858:
    A unit for corking bottles (with natural cork corks 8-) )

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/01/2007 8:35 AM  

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