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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, March 06, 2008

Set 222

1239. 17-1/2" long:

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1240. 24" tall:

1241. Submitted by a visitor who is looking to find out exactly what this is, it was found in the galley of a hospital ship, text on it reads "REGD 911032 Made in England".

1242. Approximately 3" tall:

1243. Around 6-1/2" long, this spiked object might look like it's from a horror movie but it was made to serve a particular purpose, more guesses on it can be found at Neatorama.

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1244. The smallest is 5/8" long and largest is 1-1/8" long, there are eight pairs of these unidentified pieces of hardware, each pair has the same number on it, the ones in the top row are numbered: 0, 20, 30, 40; the second row: 45, 60, 75, 90.

Larger image of number 60

Both sides look the same:

Previously seen on this site:

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  • 1239 looks like it could be used to trim the ends of a barrel even.

    1242 is a pocket-hole drilling jig.

    By Blogger Stewart, at 3/06/2008 8:32 AM  

  • 1239 - Cuts bevel on edge of circular bucket bottoms that fit into stave groove.
    1241 - Her Majesty's pickle fork?
    1242 - Agree with Stewart on drill jig.
    1243 - "Crampon" for horse hoof when walking on ice.

    By Blogger Canem, at 3/06/2008 3:01 PM  

  • 1243 - Lumberjack or linesman's (think telephone pole)climbing spurs.

    By Blogger Slimey Eisensnaught, at 3/06/2008 5:12 PM  

  • 1243 is probably a calf-weaner. It's not shaped right for either of the preceding suggestions.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/06/2008 6:02 PM  

  • 1241.Meat carving/serving fork.When not in use "backside" tines go into meat,and carving knife is laid atop it with blade between tines,and handle in"saddle".
    At least thats my opinion :)

    By Anonymous Yupper, at 3/07/2008 5:24 PM  

  • Hi - I also have a 1241 - and have also been told it's a carving fork - although I can find no other similar examples - however, I'm about to go online looking for a four piece carving set - thanks to a lead...will leave details if I get lucky! :)

    By Blogger Samantha Cox, at 2/27/2015 4:33 AM  

  • http://www.kijiji.ca/v-kitchen-dining/norfolk-county/assorted-silver-serving-pieces-various-prices/1044172618?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true found one listed as a meat fork - but no source for description

    By Blogger Samantha Cox, at 2/27/2015 4:36 AM  

  • Thanks Samantha! I'll pass your link along to the owner of this item.

    By Blogger Rob H., at 2/28/2015 7:51 PM  

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