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, January 04, 2007

Set 151

866. 7-1/2" long:

867. Submitted by a visitor hoping to identify this tool, etched into it is "88th" and "US". Here is the owner's description of it:
The handle part is about 6" long and the front section is about 3". Width is about 3/4". We have found "42A1474" stamped on the ratchet (serrated thing). The screw threads in and out and it appears to be used to clamp something in the upper jaw. The surfaces of the lower jaw are smooth. We received this from a 83 year young person who has had it forever and he said it could have been his fathers or grandfathers.

868. 3-1/2" long:

869. Another unidentified item sent in by a visitor:

3" long:

870. Approximately 16" long, more guesses on this one can be found on Neatorama.

871. 7" long:


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

Additional discussion on these photos can be found at the newsgroup rec.puzzles.


  • 868. Capsule cutter for wine bottles.

    - Edward

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/04/2007 5:46 AM  

  • >868. Capsule cutter for wine bottles

    Correct, check the answer link for info on the rest.

    By Blogger Rob, at 1/05/2007 4:58 PM  

  • 869. I am only guessing, but this looks like a bleeder valve combined with an over pressure controller. Sort of like the weight on a pressure cooker except this one incorporates a one-way valve that keeps the pressure the same as ambient.

    - Edward

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 7:36 AM  

  • that is a check valve used for brewing alcoholic beverages
    it allows the CO2 from the process
    to escape while keeping out air that
    would ruin the brew process

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2007 1:31 PM  

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