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, March 01, 2007

Set 159

915a. 2" long:

915b. Similar to the previous device, 3-5/8" long"

Rotating the piece on the back moves the needle on the front:

Close-up shot

916. 2" long:

917. The wooden base is 16-3/4" long:

918. 7" long:

919. 6" tall, please see Neatorama for more guesses on the purpose of these springs, this week Alex is offering a T-shirt for the first correct answer.

920. 5-1/2" long:


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.

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  • 917. Patent model for fold-up attic steps.
    920. Adjustable powder measure for muzzle loading.

    By Blogger Canem, at 3/01/2007 8:20 AM  

  • 920 is a shot dipper/measure. As in lead shot for a shotgun. Not really old, still in use.

    By Anonymous Frank, at 3/01/2007 4:25 PM  

  • 915 an inclinometer for checking
    919 a device for putting under
    the front legs of a chair to make it
    into a rocking chair

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/02/2007 3:12 AM  

  • These answers are correct, please check the answer page for the other two.

    By Blogger Rob, at 3/02/2007 5:16 PM  

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