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, July 26, 2007

Set 190

1043. 6" tall, made in Germany around 1650:

1044. 12-1/2" long:

1045. 2-1/2" wide, another photo from Simon:

1046. 10" long:

1047. 2" diameter:

1048. 6-3/4" long:

With handle fully compressed:

The lower jaw reads "Receiver No. 6" and the upper is marked "Tol. Rys. & Lt. Co."


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.



  • 1043. powder horn.
    1045 either a level or a device for seeing whether a package has been subjected to rough handling
    1046 ice tongs?
    1047 tread depth gauge (which I only realized when I noticed its resemblence to a tire.
    1048. I'm guessing a device for tightening a strap around a bundle (small handle) and then crimping and putting a mark on the strap (large handle)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/26/2007 6:39 AM  

  • 1043-Nut chopper or pepper mill
    1044-Tinsmiths hammer
    1045*2 Way level
    1046-Vehicle Battery carrier
    1047*Tread depth gauge
    1048-Tool for bundling loose itens with wire

    By Anonymous yupperdoo, at 7/26/2007 9:22 AM  

  • Correct answers so far:

    1043. Powder flask
    1045. Level
    1046. Battery carrier
    1047. Tread depth indicator
    1048. Sealer, this one was used on money bags

    By Blogger Rob, at 7/27/2007 8:08 AM  

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