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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, June 19, 2008

Set 237

1332. 21" long, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this device:

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1333. 10" tall:

1334. 12' long:

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1335. 3-3/4" diameter, patented in 1885:

1336. 9" long:

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1337. 6" long:

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  • 1332: The business end of another version of 1326. Throw it in the water attached to a cable and it spins. Pull it back out and you can read distance off of the dials on the side.
    1334: Control panels for a power plant or substation
    1335: At first I though sundial, but the hour is rarely divided into 16ths, so it's a wheel for measuring distances. Roll it along and the missing bits log feet and then you read inches off of the wheel.
    1337: A dog or fork out of the inside of a transmission?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2008 6:53 AM  

  • 1333. A follow rest for a metal lathe.

    By Blogger Grimm, at 6/19/2008 9:11 AM  

  • 1333 is a steady rest, it clamps to the ways. a follow rest bolts to the carriage and follows the tool.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/19/2008 8:54 PM  

  • 1336 is a Gatling gun style ice cream scoop, for when there are hundreds of hungry kids wanting ice cream.

    By Anonymous Rowan, at 6/19/2008 11:22 PM  

  • 1332 - simonator is right, it's a ship's log for measuring distance, and hence, speed

    1336 - looks like an anemometer, but I prefer rowan's answer

    By Blogger Ray, at 6/20/2008 5:20 AM  

  • 1334: Control station for a battery backup system.

    By Blogger Jeff Rechten, at 6/23/2008 6:09 PM  

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