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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.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Set 205

1136. 12-3/4" long:

1137. 10" long:

1138. 9-1/2" long:

1139. Appoximately 15" long:

From Gil Gandenberger's collection

1140. 14" tall, more guesses on this device at Neatorama:

1141. 9" long, submitted by a visitor who is looking to find the exact purpose of this tool:

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  • 1140 An egg candler

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 9:59 AM  

  • 1140 is an old car headlamp
    1141 for stripping insulation off wire

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 10:05 AM  

  • 1137 - looks like it might be a moulding plane

    1139 - humidifier, filled with water and placed on a woodstove

    By Blogger Alex, at 11/08/2007 10:58 AM  

  • 1136 is a stock thickness gauge for sizing metal bar stock

    1138 is a caliper with preset thicknesses- probably for lathe work

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 11:22 AM  

  • 1137. At a guess it's for checkering or crosshatching.
    1138. a caliber for Bertillon measurements?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 11:29 AM  

  • I bought a 1139 for my parents for Christmas a few years ago to replace the old teakettle they used on top of their wood stove to humidify the room.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/08/2007 11:58 PM  

  • Correct answers so far:

    1139. Humidifier

    1140. Egg Candler

    Still not sure about 1141.

    By Blogger Rob, at 11/09/2007 2:59 PM  

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