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, June 28, 2007

Set 176

1019. 2-3/16" long:

The outer two are imprinted with a 4 on the large end and a 3 on the other, while the middle one is marked with a 1 (small end) and a 2.

The ends can be unscrewed and/or pulled out of the cylinders, five pieces total for each.

All of the threads have two slots and all three cylinders have a different inside dimension. I've shown these to a lot of people, so far no one has been able to identify them.

1020. 6" diameter, made around 1800:

1021. 12" long, patented in 1876:

From Ron White's collection

1022. 16-1/2" long:

From Jim Brown's collection

1023. 1-1/4" diameter, thanks to Bill for submitting this one, more guesses at Neatorama:

Patented in 1899

1024. 15" long, text on this device reads "The Leeds and Northrup Co., Scientific Instruments, Philadelphia":


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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  • 1021 - is a saw sharpener

    1024 - seems to be a reference reistance

    By Blogger BikerRay, at 6/28/2007 5:26 AM  

  • 1024 - make that "resistance"

    By Blogger BikerRay, at 6/28/2007 5:30 AM  

  • 1020- is a sundial which fires the cannon at a set time(usually noon)

    By Anonymous tunder, at 6/28/2007 9:47 AM  

  • >1021 - is a saw sharpener

    >1024 - seems to be a reference resistance

    >1020- is a sundial which fires the cannon at a set time(usually noon)

    These are all correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 6/29/2007 3:59 PM  

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