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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.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Set 229

1283. 6" tall:

1284. 5'-7" long:

1285. 11" long, from the 1890's:

From Scotty Fulton's collection

1286. 14' tall, this chair was made for one particular purpose:

1287. 2-1/4" tall, see Neatorama for more guesses on this device:


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  • 1283. Humidistat from a HVAC system
    1284.Old hand made grater. Or Fish scaler?
    1285. A combination Hammers & Pliers. Maybe for wire fence work.
    1286 High Chair for the Son of the Jolly Green Giant or a Deer Stand
    1288. Civil War era Heavy Machine Gun
    or Gatling Gun

    By Blogger Harold, at 4/24/2008 6:00 AM  

  • 1283: based upon the M-S-A (mine safety administration)on the dial, and it's scale, I'm guessing a combustible gas meter for use inside mines.
    1286: yes.
    1287: a scarifier, for bleeding patients.
    1288. yes, though it looks like the model of 1883.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/24/2008 7:00 AM  

  • 1287. is yes a blood "letter" for bleeding patients a process called Leaching because it used to be done by leaches.

    1288. is a "Gatling" type machine gun though I think that this particular one is actually by the french inventor Maxim.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/24/2008 7:13 AM  

  • 1286 looks like a judge's chair on a tennis court.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/24/2008 8:57 AM  

  • 1288-Model 1883 Gatling Gun with the Accles Positive Feed Drum on a flexible yoke.

    Inventor-Richard Jordan Gatling

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/24/2008 10:20 AM  

  • Correct answers so far:

    1283. Explosive gas meter

    1285. Hammer and pliers, although there is one more function for this tool

    1286. Deer stand

    1287. Scarificator

    1288. 1883 Gatling gun

    By Blogger Rob, at 4/24/2008 4:40 PM  

  • 1284. improvised/old surf board :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/01/2008 10:48 AM  

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