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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.

For first time visitors I recommend this archive for a wide variety of some of my best pieces.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Set 212

1179. 37" long as seen in this first photo, the notch in the arm holds a level:

The lower piece of wood is hinged with the upper one and can be pivoted and held in position with the latch, making the total length 74". It's numbered 1 through 18, with each number
representing 4".

A little hard to see, but there are 1" increments between the numbers:

1180. 5-1/2" long, an unidentified tool submitted by a visitor; descriptions of the photos below:
- in the normally closed position.
- as achieved by pulling back on the lower knurled piece.
- an exploded view.

Larger image

This view shows the internal beveled groove in the sliding piece that mates with the tip:

1181. 24" tall:

1182. 3" long, submitted by someone who was looking to identify this device:

Patented in 1934

1183a. 3-1/8" long, yet another one submitted by a visitor, who is looking to find out more about this level. The knob at the left adjusts the plunger up and down (photo 1183b on the left), to the right of the knob in the small slot is the level.

1183b. The tab on the right measures 5/8" and can be extended
to 2".

1184. 8-1/2" diameter:

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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.


  • 1184 - Without seeing a side-view of the item, it looks like a downward-looking view of a rotor for a medium-to-high speed centrifuge. The silver-colored center portion would screw into the centrifuge's spindle and hold the rotor in place, with the dark colored portion being the fixed-angle rotor itself. The outer silver area would be the "floor" of the centrifuge.

    By Anonymous Randy, at 12/27/2007 6:03 AM  

  • 1184 - It also looks like the turntable for a 45 record player.

    By Anonymous canem, at 12/27/2007 6:36 AM  

  • 1181: base and axel for a globe, missing the globe iteslf.
    1184: master for a record?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/27/2007 7:47 AM  

  • 1179 is used for measuring the height of horses, 4" being one "hand"

    By Blogger Ray, at 12/27/2007 10:30 AM  

  • Correct answers so far:

    1179. Horse measure
    1181. World globe stand

    A clue for number 1184: it's not flat.

    By Blogger Rob, at 12/27/2007 12:04 PM  

  • 1183 for checking the depth of strike for piano keys?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/27/2007 3:13 PM  

  • 1184 - With that clue I have decided that this is a discus!

    By Anonymous canem, at 12/27/2007 11:08 PM  

  • >1184 - With that clue I have decided that this is a discus!

    This answer is correct.

    By Blogger Rob, at 12/28/2007 9:14 AM  

  • 1180 - An early telecommunications punch down tool?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/06/2008 6:39 AM  

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