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, October 25, 2007

Set 203

1122. 600" long:

1123. 54" tall x 8" diameter, the tag above the handle reads "A.A.I. Expedition":

1124. 17-1/2" long:

1125. 8-1/4" long, submitted by a visitor who is looking to find what it was used for, the other side is stamped "BERG 1G" and it appears to be solid gold:

1126. 5-1/2" long, this metal box was made to hold something specific:

1127. 3" long, there are two tapes connected here, one can be pulled out from each side:

The first tape is marked "Breaching" and "Pressure", the other "Steel" and "Timber"

Larger image

1128. This kit is over 100 years old and is made up of a metal container and five glass pieces, three of which are stored under the two visible below:

From Gil Gandenberger's collection

The container has a thermometer on the side of it:

Close-up image
More guesses on this one at Neatorama

These portraits are on the labels located inside of the glass pieces:

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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.



  • 1122. Surveyors tape?
    1123. Travel case for gear.
    1124. Self contained soldering iron.
    1125. Cheese sampler or 1 gram measuring spoon.
    1126. Holds kitchen matches.
    1128. Measures the specific gravity of liquids.

    By Blogger Canem, at 10/25/2007 6:52 AM  

  • Ditto what canem said.
    1124. probably fueled with kerosene or gasoline.
    1127. For calculating strength or the amount of explosives for the destruction of structures? Maybe for military engineers?
    1128. Presumably for brewers.
    -Jim A/

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/25/2007 7:13 AM  

  • 1124. A kerosene powered soldering iron.

    By Blogger Chris Bellamy, at 10/25/2007 8:58 AM  

  • 1125 is a marrow spoon

    By Blogger Mark, at 10/25/2007 10:00 AM  

  • 1123 Map case
    1126 Known as a match safe. Bottom may have cross hatched panel for striking.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/25/2007 10:56 AM  

  • 1123 - map/chart case
    1124 - gasoline/kerosine soldering iron
    1126 - match holder
    1128 - brewers hydrometer - but I never saw one with a metal cylinder

    By Blogger Alex, at 10/25/2007 11:56 AM  

  • The first one is a tank sounding tape, we still use them today to measure the water level in ballast tanks on my ships.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/25/2007 12:51 PM  

  • It is a barometer. Measures air pressure.

    By Blogger mkipf, at 10/25/2007 2:30 PM  

  • 1122 Sounding Tape for tanks
    1123 Map/Chart/Blueprint case
    1124 Kerosene Soldering Iron
    1125 ?
    1126 ?
    1127 ?
    1128 ?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/26/2007 1:45 AM  

  • 1123. by the size of it .. tripod carrying case?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/30/2007 4:46 AM  

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