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 20, 2007

Set 211

1173. 8" diameter:

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1174. 7" long:

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1175. This unidentified piece of hardware was submitted by a visitor who found it in an old barn in upstate NY. His description of it:
It appears to be have been hand forged by a blacksmith. The rectangular portion is 14" long by 1 1/2 " wide --- the pointed portion is 8 " long and 1 1/2" wide at the end joining the rectangular portion. Both portions are flat and a fairly consistent 1/4" thick.

There is no evidence that this tool was part of something more complex --- it appears more like a stand alone hand tool. And there are no wear marks or hammer marks to indicate that it was perhaps used as some kind of splitting or other tool --unless it never got to be used for its intended purpose.

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1176. 4" long, submitted by a visitor from Catalonia, near Barcelona:

1177. 11-1/2" long:

1178. 11" long:

The sliding part can be removed.

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