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, March 20, 2008

Set 224

1251. Approximately 24" long:

From Gil Gandenberger's collection

1252. 2" long, made of wood, submitted by a visitor who was looking to identify it:

1253. 19" long, another unidentified device sent in by a visitor:

1254. 25" long:

1255. 5" long:

Photo by Simon

1256. 6-1/2" long:

Previously seen on this site:

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More discussion and comments on these photos can be found at the newsgroup rec.puzzles.


  • 1255. a concrete lug. expandable fastner for the building trade to fasten into concrete
    1256. not sure what for but simplex makes bicycle parts/ accesories & it appears to have proper radius at the ends for a bike frame.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/20/2008 4:51 AM  

  • I agree about the concrete lug.

    1253 looks like it's designed to either push cables apart, or pull them together, perhaps for fencing?

    By Blogger Stewart, at 3/20/2008 7:26 AM  

  • 1254-Anti-lick hobble chain for dairy cows.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/20/2008 9:08 AM  

  • Make that anti-KICK hobble for dairy cows.Possibly Kant-kick brand.

    By Anonymous Yupper, at 3/20/2008 9:14 AM  

  • 1251 is a miter jack. Used with a hand plane to neatly and accurately miter the end of a piece of wood to 45 degrees.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/20/2008 12:07 PM  

  • 1255. yup, an expanding type anchor for use in concrete or stone.

    1253: device for stretching wires or cables of some sort; piano strings?

    By Blogger John Nicholas, at 3/20/2008 9:59 PM  

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