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, September 06, 2007

Set 196

1079. 2-7/8" long, patented in 1880:

1080. 3-1/8" long, more guesses and a chance to win a t-shirt on Neatorama.

1081. 12-1/2" long:

Larger image

A view from the top with the lid open:

From Jim Brown's collection

1082. 5" long, submitted by Simon:

1083. 7" long, made of wood and Bakelite:

1084. 1" and 7/8" diameter:

1" long:

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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.



  • 1084 Holds hand saw handle to blade.

    By Blogger Canem, at 9/06/2007 6:37 AM  

  • 1079-Maple sap spile?
    1080-Twist off bottle opener?
    1081-Glaziers point"gun"?
    1082-Magnetic rape splicing block
    1083-No clue
    1084=Hand saw handle bolts

    By Anonymous Yupper, at 9/06/2007 9:16 AM  

  • Oops
    1082-Magnetic TAPE Splicing block

    By Anonymous Yupper, at 9/06/2007 9:19 AM  

  • 1081 A carpet tacker

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/06/2007 11:21 AM  

  • 1080 - holds a book open with your thumb, so you can read with one hand

    By Anonymous Ryan Govostes, at 9/06/2007 11:33 AM  

  • 1084 - These are Chicago screws, used for things like securing leather straps. I've seen them on horse bridles, and my leather banjo strap uses them to stay connected to the banjo.

    By Blogger Chris Bellamy, at 9/07/2007 10:50 AM  

  • 1084 - Specifically made for saw handle fastening like Canem says. Chicago screws are different.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/07/2007 12:09 PM  

  • Correct answers so far:

    >1084 Holds hand saw handle to blade.

    >1082-Magnetic TAPE Splicing block

    >1081 A carpet tacker

    It's a nailing machine, not necessarily for carpets, but you have the right idea.

    >1080 - holds a book open with your thumb, so you can read with one hand

    By Blogger Rob, at 9/07/2007 1:46 PM  

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