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, August 02, 2007

Set 191

1049. 2-1/2" tall:

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1050. 3" long:

From Simon's collection.

1051a. 42" tall:

1051b. This is not a weapon but was used for a similar purpose as the tool in the previous photo, 10" long:

1052. 12-1/2" long:

1053. 1-5/8" diameter, made of glass, both the top and bottom are flat:

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1054. 20" long:


Last week's set is seen below, click here to view the entire post:

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  • 1053. is a fiber optic eyepiece for night vision goggles. On a side note, a forensics company bought the remaining stock after the product line was discontinued and sold them as fingerprint magnifiers.

    By Blogger Thr33of4, at 8/02/2007 6:13 AM  

  • 1054. Right handed slaters axe, used to trim, shape and poke nail holes in roofing slate.
    Left handed version has spike on other side.

    By Blogger Canem, at 8/02/2007 6:46 AM  

  • 1049. Artillery fuze. The dial is used to set how long after firing it goes off. At a guess its for a WWI or wwII era shrapnel or HE shell, but hard to say. Modern fuzes usually come to a sharper point, unless they're for mortars.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/02/2007 7:01 AM  

  • 1050 Looks like a grounding lug for an electrical panel.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/02/2007 7:36 AM  

  • I have an 1053 in my desk drawer, so I know what it is basically. It could have many uses, though I've never heard of it used for night vision goggles.

    By Blogger Reed Hedges, at 8/02/2007 1:13 PM  

  • 1052 A removable throttle handle for a streetcar or locomative?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/03/2007 5:45 AM  

  • Correct answers so far:

    1049. Artillery fuze
    1050. Grounding lug
    1053. Fiber optic magnifier
    1054. Slater's axe

    By Blogger Rob, at 8/03/2007 11:43 AM  

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