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 31, 2007

Set 172

995. Releasing the lock mechanism and turning the dial will loosen the rope and allow the two pieces of wood to be separated (approximately 6"-8" maximum). Patented in 1877, 12" long:

Take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this device, he's giving away two T-shirts this week, one for the first correct answer and another for most humorous guess.











996. 10-3/4" long:

Larger photo














997a. 4" long, this tool has three functions:













998. 11" long, the head of this hammer is made of metal:

From Jim Brown's collection.











999. 16-1/2" long, this tool is missing its wood handle:














1000. 18" tall:






































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5 Comments:

  • 997 - Might be for pulling on riding boots. The conical hole thing could be for inserting laces in their holes. Just a guess.

    998 - Doctor's reflex testing hammer?

    1000 - Whimshurst machine for generating static electricity.

    By Blogger BikerRay, at 5/31/2007 5:31 AM  

  • 997. Boothook
    999. Woodworkers gouge

    By Blogger Canem, at 5/31/2007 10:13 AM  

  • Thinking you folks would be great at solving this mystery at the Canadian Antigues Roadshow:
    http://www.canadianantiquesroadshow.com/tv_link_mystery_item.htm#

    By Blogger John, at 5/31/2007 10:47 AM  

  • >997 - Might be for pulling on riding boots. The conical hole thing could be for inserting laces in their holes.

    You're correct in that it's a boot puller, but the conical hole isn't for inserting laces.

    >998 - Doctor's reflex testing hammer?

    Nope

    >1000 - Whimshurst machine for generating static electricity.

    Yes, though here in the U.S. it's typically spelled Wimshurst.

    >997. Boothook
    >999. Woodworkers gouge

    Both correct

    >Thinking you folks would be great at solving this mystery at the Canadian Antigues Roadshow:
    http://www.canadianantiquesroadshow.com/tv_link_mystery_item.htm#

    Thanks for the link, I don't know what it is but I'd like to see a closer shot of it.

    By Blogger Rob, at 5/31/2007 4:51 PM  

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