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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, August 16, 2007

Set 193

1061. 4" long, another photo from Simon:

1062. 2-3/4" long:

1063. 10' tall:

1064. 3/16" diameter, with a U.S. quarter:

1065. 7" long, made of lead, wood, and leather, submitted by a visitor:

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1066. 8-1/4" long, invented in 1862, for more guesses on this device take a look at Neatorama.

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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.



  • 1064. percussion caps. although they seem to be empty of any ignition material, the cci gives them up as that is a brand name of primers I use in metallic bullets.

    1066. appears to be a device to test fire said primers

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/16/2007 3:45 AM  

  • 1062. Padlock - key fits in slot and releases spring mechanism to open. Chinese design I think.
    1064. Percussion caps.
    1066. Alarm or warning device using percussion cap for sound.

    By Blogger Canem, at 8/16/2007 6:41 AM  

  • Ditto the above and
    1063: stamping mill/rockcrusher. I'd guess for breaking up ore as part of a gold mining operation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/16/2007 8:23 AM  

  • 1061: A Pencil pointer? (for sharpening just the lead of pencils to get a really sharp point, as used by drafstmen back when they actually USED pencils)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/16/2007 8:26 AM  

  • Correct answers so far:

    1062. Padlock, although this was made for a specific purpose
    1064. Percussion caps

    By Blogger Rob, at 8/16/2007 5:32 PM  

  • 1061 is a wire stripper for very fine gauge wire

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/16/2007 6:00 PM  

  • 1063 A concrete block making machine

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/16/2007 6:29 PM  

  • 1062- I own one of these padlocks. Mine, at least, is used to lock a small wooden box. The box's latch has two holes in it, and flips down over two matching metal knobs which sport their own sideways holes. The metal bar of the lock (which is actually sort of toothpick-shaped) slides through the two knob-holes, and pokes back into the lock on the other side. The key goes in a hole on the unpictured side, and looks sort of like a small screwdriver. My late aunt brought the box/lock back from Japan in the 1950's, which is where it was probably made.

    By Anonymous Geoduck, at 8/16/2007 9:37 PM  

  • Duh... I see the lock-hole is visible..

    By Anonymous Geoduck, at 8/16/2007 9:44 PM  

  • >1061 is a wire stripper for very fine gauge wire

    >1063 A concrete block making machine

    >1062- I own one of these padlocks. Mine, at least, is used to lock a small wooden box. The box's latch has two holes in it, ...

    These are all correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 8/17/2007 3:40 AM  

  • 1065: A gold beater's hammer? (for making gold leaf)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/17/2007 6:32 AM  

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