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, April 19, 2007

Set 166

959. 9" long:

960. Close-up/partial shot:

961. Approximately 18" long, this first photo is a salesman's sample and is smaller that the actual product. The two straight pieces can freely rotate.

40" long as seen below, it's a different model but used for the same purpose, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this one.

962. 4" long, submitted by a visitor:

963. 3-1/4" long, Civil War era:

964. 2"-3" long, these stones were carved by Native Americans a couple thousand years ago:


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.


  • 962 is an extractor for miniature incandescent lamps. Chris

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/19/2007 6:50 AM  

  • 959. Artificial horizon for use with a sextant?
    960. Setting wheel for an embosser?963. Part the hardware for hanging a sword from a belt.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/19/2007 7:04 AM  

  • The first commenter may be right, but I would think 962 was used for pulling either fuses or miniature tubes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/19/2007 10:07 AM  

  • >962 is an extractor for miniature incandescent lamps.

    >963. the hardware for hanging a sword from a belt.

    These two answers are correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 4/19/2007 7:44 PM  

  • 964. Rather small to be tied to stick for weapon, so how about used as weights on fishing nets? Just a guess this time.

    By Blogger Canem, at 4/20/2007 10:26 AM  

  • >964. ... used as weights on fishing nets?

    This is correct. Check out the answer link for more information about the rest of this week's set.

    By Blogger Rob, at 4/20/2007 3:34 PM  

  • I have a tool that nobody can identify. Interested in posting it?

    If so, I can send a picture.




    By Anonymous Daryl Adams, at 4/25/2007 4:07 PM  

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