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 17, 2007

Set 170

983. 36" long:

Take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on the use of this hammer. From Jim Brown's collection.

984. 4-1/4" long:

985. 27-1/2" long:

986. Approximately 2-1/2" long:

From Stan's collection.

987. 9" long:

987a. 10" long:

988. 17" 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.



  • 984 - seems to be a type of clamp meant to sit on the knee. Perhaps a string went through the holes and under your other foot - push your foot down to tighten the clamp. For carving, maybe?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/17/2007 5:35 AM  

  • 983 for attaching signs/notices out of reach. The sign is held in the lower clamp, and the nail or tack in the upper clamp. One good whack and the sign is in place and the nail started. pull the hammer down and give the nail a few more whacks and you're done.

    984. What he said, but I'd guess that it's for holding leather to be stitched.

    988. barrel measure. Slip it into the bung to the stop. it appears to have two scales for each barrel size: one for how many gallons of fluid are left and one for how many gallons have ben used.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/17/2007 8:34 AM  

  • #983 blacksmiths swage block, used for making square/round bars

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/17/2007 12:43 PM  

  • >984 - seems to be a type of clamp meant to sit on the knee.

    >983 for attaching signs/notices out of reach.

    >988. barrel measure.

    >#983 blacksmiths swage block

    These answers are all correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 5/18/2007 5:36 AM  

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