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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, July 05, 2007

Set 177

1025. 4" long:

1026. This structure was located in the middle of a farm field about 100 yards from a major highway:

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1027. 10" long:

Patented in 1896

A close-up of the blade that sticks out of the bottom:

From John Wells' collection

1028. 5' diameter, I'm looking for a one word answer for this:

1029. 8-1/2" tall, 2-1/2" diameter:

There are a total of eight holes on the side, each of which has a 3/4" long screw.

1030. 4" long, from the 1890's, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this device and a chance to win a t-shirt.

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  • 1026 - VOR transmitter (VHF Omni-Range), for aircraft navigation

    1028 - orrery

    By Blogger BikerRay, at 7/05/2007 6:20 AM  

  • 1030. It's a palm-pistol...easily hidden in the palm of the hand due to its shape

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/05/2007 8:19 AM  

  • 1025 - bicycle spoke wrench
    1030 - palm gun

    By Anonymous nisiar, at 7/05/2007 8:21 AM  

  • 1025. looks like a gas valve wrench.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/05/2007 8:23 AM  

  • 1027 - Angle Planer for planing in angles.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/05/2007 8:31 AM  

  • 1027 is a Stanley #57 core box plane. Used by pattern makers to make round cores for casting.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/05/2007 9:01 AM  

  • 1030. Commonly called a "lemon squeezer", this is a small caliber single shot derringer designed to be hidden in the hand with the barrel slightly protruding between the first and second or second and third fingers. A loose fist would hide it's existence in the hand and tightening the fist would fire the gun (trigger is at the rear). No published reports of its actual use, nor of the degree of powder burns or burns of user's knuckles due to muzzle flash.

    By Blogger Steve, at 7/05/2007 9:25 AM  

  • 1026. since nobody else has mentioned it, I though I'd give a brief description of how the VOR works. Basicly, there's two transmitters. One is a highly directional rotating beacon. The other is omnidirectional and transmits brief pulses coordinated with the rotating beacon. By comparing the timing of the two as received by the plane, one can determine what the bearing from the VOR to the aircraft is.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/06/2007 7:11 AM  

  • Correct answers so far:

    1025. Spoke wrench, for motorcycles
    1026. VOR transmitter
    1027. Core box plane
    1028. Orrery
    1030. Palm pistol

    See the answer page for more details.

    By Blogger Rob, at 7/06/2007 4:22 PM  

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    By Blogger Gaurav, at 7/11/2007 9:59 AM  

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