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, December 06, 2007

Set 209

1160. 2-1/2" long, patented in 1874:

1161. 3-7/8" x 3-3/8", another unidentified device submitted by a visitor:

1162. Approximately 30" long, patented in 1870:

From Gil Gandenberger's collection

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1163. 12-1/2" long:

1164. 8" long:

1165. 7" long, this tool is indirectly related to the objects in the previous photos, number 1164:

1166. 5-1/4" long:

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  • 1160. screw starter
    1163. seal puller (automotive)
    1164 &5. possibly horse shoeing tools
    1166. ball starter (black powder rifle)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/06/2007 6:03 AM  

  • 1160,a puller for removing clock hands
    1163 piston groove cleaner

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/06/2007 7:27 AM  

  • 1160 - gear puller, possibly for watchmakers

    1162 - device for measuring size of horse hooves

    1163 - shingle tool, slides under shingle to and hooks under nail so it can be removed

    By Blogger Alex, at 12/06/2007 7:45 AM  

  • 1161: Air ionizer? Popular in the 70s for supposed health benefits.
    1164: cleats for horses?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/06/2007 8:58 AM  

  • 1160 is a gage hand jack for removing the pointer on things such as pressure gages.
    1163 is a seal remover used for removing oil seals.

    By Anonymous Dave, at 12/06/2007 10:19 AM  

  • Correct answers so far:

    1160. Watchmaker's tool
    1163. Seal puller
    1164. Ice cleats for horses
    1166. Musket ball starter

    By Blogger Rob, at 12/06/2007 6:04 PM  

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