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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.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Set 163

940. 6" long, patented in 1872, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this device:

941. A couple weeks ago I discovered these buildings near where I live, they were built for a particular purpose:

942. 38" long:

943. Approximately 5-1/2" long:

944. 8" long:

945. 12-7/8" 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.


  • 941) I would say they are observation buildings for watching aircraft take off and land?

    943) An auctioneer's gavel?

    945) A hammer for taking out really long nails, so it ratchets up and doesn't bend them?

    By Blogger Jamie, at 3/29/2007 6:24 AM  

  • 940 is a leather working vice.

    941 is a fireman training facility. Tall structure of for fires in elevators.

    942 looks like a testes torture device.

    943 deburring toll (guessing)

    944 is a metal stretcher or shrinker, depending on which die are being used.

    945 I think is a claw hammer with an attachment for carrying plywood/sheetrock (again, guessing).

    By Blogger cp, at 3/29/2007 6:40 AM  

  • 941 I was thrown by the fact that the buildings were steel and had no smoke stains, but they're for training people in rescue techniques, probabaly part of a fire training academy.

    944 sharpener of some sort

    945 modified claw hammer designed to keep nails that have been pulled out straight and therefore reusable.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/29/2007 7:39 AM  

  • 941. Fireman training school.
    942. Fireplace Trammel used in hearth cooking to raise pot to required height above coals.

    By Blogger Canem, at 3/29/2007 10:25 AM  

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