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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, May 08, 2008

Set 231

1295. 12-3/4" long:

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1296. 5" long:

1297. 4-1/2" long:

1298. 7-1/2" long, submitted by a visitor from Texas, see Neatorama for more guesses on this tool:

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1299. 37" tall:

1300. 4" long:

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  • 1295 Pointer for wooden wheel spokes?
    1296 Lead-acid battery top.
    1298 Use to hold/serve meat from deli meat slicer.
    1299 Lighthouse lens.
    1300 Telegraph "sounder".

    By Blogger Canem, at 5/08/2008 6:17 AM  

  • I agree that 1296 is from a battery.

    1297. Two examples of single shot pocket "zip" guns. ...looks like one has a gas capsule to fire, or maybe it's shot pellets.

    1298. I agree about the meat gripper.

    1299. And the lighthouse lens.

    1300. ...and the telegraph thingus.

    By Blogger Stewart, at 5/08/2008 10:53 AM  

  • I agree with stewart and canem on 1296-1200 but have no clue about 1295. Some sort of device to screw something in and mark its relative circular position?

    By Blogger Adrian, at 5/08/2008 12:05 PM  

  • 1297 - Pocket flare gun. (I found one once and, not realizing what it was, fired it off, just missing my head.)

    By Blogger Ray, at 5/08/2008 3:44 PM  

  • 1295: for lubricating a (square headed bolt) as you screw it in? Possibly crown bolts on a steam locomotive boiler.
    1296:I'd guess an electroplater rather than a battery.
    1297: tear gas pen?
    1299: Yes, a fresnel lens for a navigation light. Although it looks a little small and non-rotating for a lighthouse.
    1300: Yeah, a telegraph sounder.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/08/2008 10:22 PM  

  • I agree with
    1295: spoke sharpener
    1296: battery
    1297: flare gun
    1298: slicer safety holder
    1299: lighthouse lens

    1300 is an electrical DC 'vibrator booster', isn't it? Used to raise a DC voltage for high-voltage tubes or other applications.

    By Anonymous Toronto, at 5/08/2008 10:28 PM  

  • 1297 could be a bear banger as well...like a flare gun, but with a charge that goes off like a gunshot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/09/2008 1:45 AM  

  • 1296 - part of a lead-acid battery
    1297 - flare gun
    1299 - light house bulb
    1300 - telegraph sounder

    By Blogger Alex, at 5/09/2008 9:46 AM  

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