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, May 03, 2007

Set 168

971. 3-1/2" long:

972. 7-1/2" long:

973. The one on the left is approximately 48" tall:

From Jim Brown's collection.

974. Submitted by a visitor who is looking to find out exactly how this counter was used:


There are two wheels visible on the side of the part at the top left, the other end has a similar set:

The base is 6" wide x 14" long, and has a corrugated section that matches the upper piece:

The top part can be rolled back and forth along the base:

From Stan's collection

976a. 8-1/2" long:

976b. Another version of the same tool, 13-1/2" 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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  • 972-Snowhammer-used for cleaning snow/ice from horses hooves.

    973-Cone mandrels/anvils-Blacksmith tools for forming rings.

    By Anonymous tunder, at 5/03/2007 7:52 AM  

  • 972 Snow knocker/hoofpick
    973 Cone mandrels in blacksmith shop
    975 Pill making machine

    By Blogger Canem, at 5/03/2007 9:06 AM  

  • 974 looks similar to something posted a while back that was for measuring how many cans of gas had been transferred.

    By Blogger Josh, at 5/03/2007 11:56 AM  

  • 971. Looks like it could be clamped onto a cabinet or the like and used for establishing hinge screw locations.

    976-a&b. they look like broaches, but For what specific purpose is anyones guess.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2007 8:06 AM  

  • >972-Snowhammer...

    >973-Cone mandrels/anvils...

    >972 Snow knocker/hoofpick
    >973 Cone mandrels in blacksmith shop
    >975 Pill making machine

    These answers are all correct.

    >974 looks similar to something posted a while back that was for measuring how many cans of gas had been transferred.

    Yes, it is very much like the other counter but I still haven't found the specific use for this one.

    By Blogger Rob, at 5/04/2007 1:42 PM  

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