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 26, 2007

Set 167

965. 9" long:

966. 9-1/2" long:

967. 8-1/4" long:

From Jim Brown's collection.

968. 14" long:

969a. 12-1/2" long:

969b. Another version of the same device, the jaws on the right open to a maximum of approximately 3" from point to point. 5" long:

These last five photos are all related:


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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.


  • 970 - I see similarities to a calculator, but I'm confused by the height of the buttons.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/26/2007 7:13 AM  

  • 969. These were used by police to "escort" troublemakers with. They clamp or wrap on the wrist, and provide a twistable handle for the officer.
    970. computer keyboard.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/26/2007 7:26 AM  

  • 967. hand drill
    968. bore scope

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/26/2007 7:29 AM  

  • 966 a webbing stretcher for upholstry work

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/26/2007 7:51 AM  

  • 965 - Leatherworker(?)'s anvil for holding between the legs, maybe.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/26/2007 9:00 AM  

  • 965. Lap anvil.

    By Blogger Canem, at 4/26/2007 9:25 AM  

  • 970a-e. A membrane style computer keyboard.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/26/2007 9:33 AM  

  • Anonymous got 969 before me.

    You can buy three pairs for 12 bucks, for that matter ... though I don't know why.

    By Blogger Sigivald, at 4/26/2007 5:09 PM  

  • 969b. This is a Phillips mechanical nipper, Invented by William Gray Phillips , a police officer for Brooklyn,NY police Dept in 1869. These were sold as police restraints up until 1940. They have also been called the "Come Along"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/27/2007 8:13 AM  

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