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, February 15, 2007

Set 157

902. 3-1/4" tall, don't know exactly what this lock was used for:

Text on the front of it reads:
C 1381
E U.S.N.
L 1982

Two different keys are needed to open it and the shackle can be removed:

Bottom view:

903. 3" long:

904. 5" tall, more guesses on this one can be seen on Neatorama.

905. 13-3/4" long:

906. 4-5/8" x 4":

907. 39" long overall, 4" long end pieces:


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.


  • 903 - As "Penthrane is a potent inhalation anesthetic indicated to provide anesthesia", I'd guess it's a freebie given out for advertising purposes to doctors.

    904 - Must be a ballot box, though I like the idea that it's a storage box for miniature stop signs! :-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/15/2007 11:13 AM  

  • #902. Might be a utility meter lock, possibly natural gas but most likely electric.

    By Anonymous mikebob, at 2/15/2007 7:44 PM  

  • 904.- a pinhole camera
    905.- some kind of torturing device that is placed on one's wrist?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/15/2007 9:50 PM  

  • Difficult set this week, please see the answer link for more details.

    By Blogger Rob, at 2/16/2007 5:14 PM  

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