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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, February 07, 2008

Set 218

1215. 4" to 6-1/2" tall, sent in by a visitor, this small jack was made for a very specific purpose:

1216. 16-1/2" tall, patented in the 1930's:

1217. 27" long:

From Gil Gandenberger's collection

1218. 8" long, submitted by someone from Fairbanks, Alaska, who is looking to identify this piece:

The handle is hollow, with just one open end:

1219. 4-1/2" long, from the 1960's, more guesses on this device and a chance to win a t-shirt at Neatorama.

1220. 11" wide:

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  • 1216 is a movie film shipping case

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/07/2008 6:44 AM  

  • 1216 - 35mm film reel carrier.
    1217 - Bark spud or Peeling chisel used to remove bark from logs for drying.
    1220 - Double ended blacksmith tongs.

    By Blogger Canem, at 2/07/2008 6:51 AM  

  • 1218 is a pen case with attached inkwell. The ones I have seen like this are Turkish, but perhaps they were used in other islamic countries as well.

    By Anonymous ghgoebel, at 2/07/2008 11:52 AM  

  • 1215 Used for spreading wheel felloes on wood wheels to insert tightening shims at the end of spokes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/07/2008 1:49 PM  

  • 1219 os a fishing float. The line ties to the eyelet on top and underneath. The weighted keel keeps the the saucer-shaped float upright. When you reel in the float, the line makes the disk pitch forward so the float dives. I never used one of these so I don't know what the diving action was useful for. The float also came in red and white.

    By Anonymous BJN, at 2/07/2008 3:43 PM  

  • It´s the key for a secret gate of a big mountain cave.

    By Blogger Blog do Lhoveh, at 2/08/2008 9:15 AM  

  • 1220 uh, tongs for lifting sheetmetal from plating bath etc?

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