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, November 22, 2007

Set 207

1148. 4-1/2" long:

1149. 12-1/2" long, this tool is missing an important part:

1150. 6" long, there are some small holes in the tubing on the right:

For more guesses on this one take a look at Neatorama.

1151. 11-3/4" long:

1152. 15" long:

The two pieces of wood seen below on the base are covered with leather:

Pivoting the handle brings down a similar part from the top:

1153. 6-1/2" long, submitted by a visitor:

Larger image
Text on this tool reads "MARKF HIRSCH". The jaws can only be opened about 1/16", and are fully open in the photo.

To submit photos, click on the profile link at the upper right to find my email address.


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.

Labels: ,


  • The first one (1148)is easy. It's an electrical detonator for a Claymore antipersonnel mine.
    The fourth one (1151) looks like a scale for weighing fish.

    By Anonymous Harley, at 11/22/2007 7:01 AM  

  • I think 1151 is a Newton meter, used to measure the amount of force required to pull an object along.

    By Blogger Tony, at 11/22/2007 10:27 AM  

  • Harley's right on the Claymore detonator- haven't seen one in twenty years or more, but it's something you don't forget.
    Not sure on the in-between items, but I believe the last one to be a high-end saw set. One that would be used by a very sophisticated saw-sharpener.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/22/2007 9:50 PM  

  • 1150 appears to be a lamp, but I can't think of what particular use the ring-shaped burner would be for. Heating a cylindrical object evenly?

    By Anonymous Kevin Reid, at 11/22/2007 10:30 PM  

  • 1149: is a jigsaw. The complicated chain mechanism means that you can rotatate the blade relative to the frame and both endes are automaticly aligned, instead of having to manually realign them.

    1150: For starting coal furnaces/boilers?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/23/2007 8:48 AM  

  • 1153 is a Sawset for straightening teeth on saw blades

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/20/2011 1:44 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home