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, May 29, 2008

Set 234

1313. 6-1/2" long:






















1314. 20-1/2" long, this toolbox was made to be used by a particular profession:



















These next four were submitted by visitors of this site:

1315. 16" long:
















1316. 2-1/2" long:
















1317. 4-1/2" long:
















1318. The tool below was submitted by someone looking to identify it:



I had almost forgotten that one of my friends owns a similar tool, I took this photo back in 2006:
















1319. 2-1/4" long, from the early 1950's, the arm can be rotated upwards about 90 degrees but is spring returned to the position shown:

Take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this device.































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Last week's set is seen below, click here to view the entire post:








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

9 Comments:

  • 1314. Locksmith toolbox?

    By Blogger Canem, at 5/29/2008 6:36 AM  

  • 1314 Radio repairman's box.
    1316 Wedge for a printer's frame

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2008 8:02 AM  

  • 1317. Wrench that tightens the 1316's when hand setting lead type.

    By Blogger Canem, at 5/29/2008 9:49 AM  

  • 1313 is a Varactor - a variable inductor.

    The inside bit carrying a coil rotates within an outer coil so the phasing between the two (hence the inductance) changes.

    They used to be quite popular as a means of matching aerials to radio, or even occasionally tuning the radio itself.

    By Anonymous Richard M0GDU, at 5/29/2008 11:05 AM  

  • 1314 TV repairman's toolbox. back when TV's had transistor tubes.

    By Blogger Mark, at 5/29/2008 12:00 PM  

  • 1313 = Vaqriable transformer

    1314 = TV repairman's box

    1315 = self heating glue scraper

    1316 = on of a set of two Quoins used
    to lock-up hot type in the chase

    1317 = Quoin wrench = used to tighten quoins and tap down the form in the chase.

    By Blogger John Nicholas, at 5/29/2008 6:19 PM  

  • 1314 is a "Tube Caddy" used to carry replacment radio and TV tubes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2008 6:34 PM  

  • 1316 = on of a set of two Quoins used
    to lock-up hot type in the chase

    1317 = Quoin wrench = used to tighten quoins and tap down the form in the chase.

    correct, a letterpress operator myself for many years

    By Blogger Mark Groen, at 5/29/2008 11:36 PM  

  • I think 1313 is called a "goniometer".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/30/2008 3:14 PM  

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