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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, September 13, 2007

Set 197

1085. 1-1/4" tall x 1" wide:

1086. Submitted by a visitor looking to identify this device, 11-1/2" long:

1087. 3-1/4" tall:

1088. The container is 7-1/2" tall:

1089. 6" long, patented in 1881, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses and a chance to win a Creative Live! Pro Webcam.

1090. 7-1/4" long:

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  • 1088. Fire starter. Pot holds kerosene which soakes into porus stone on rod. Kept on fireplace hearth, stone is lit and placed under logs till they start to burn.

    1090. Sculpting tools? perhaps for stone?

    By Blogger Canem, at 9/13/2007 6:50 AM  

  • 1090. These are checkering tools used to put the handgrip checkering on gunstocks and grips.

    By Blogger Stewart, at 9/13/2007 7:31 AM  

  • 1087. Bracket to attach a street sign to a metal post.

    By Blogger Adrian, at 9/13/2007 10:24 AM  

  • 1086. Carbon arc lamp electrode holder?
    1087. Street sign holder - sign clamped in slot by set screws, U-shape bolted into top of metal post.

    By Anonymous Kevin Reid, at 9/13/2007 11:43 AM  

  • 1087 adrian is correct. I used to work in the sign shop for the county and have used many of them

    By Blogger Olyn, at 9/13/2007 11:53 AM  

  • 1085. Gear shift knob?

    By Blogger Stewart, at 9/14/2007 8:26 AM  

  • 1085.Metal Darning "egg"?

    By Anonymous Yupper, at 9/14/2007 10:12 AM  

  • Correct answers so far:

    1087. Street sign bracket

    1088. Fire starter

    1090. Checkering tools

    By Blogger Rob, at 9/14/2007 12:04 PM  

  • attatchment for machine for duplicating
    door keys

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/24/2007 6:13 PM  

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