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, July 17, 2008

Set 241

1357. This was part of a historical society display in New Hampshire, it's 4 feet high and 3 feet wide, each louver can be flipped to show the other side, which has a different set of numbers. It was submitted by a visitor who would like to find out its exact purpose.

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1358. About 10" wide:

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1359. Approximately 22" long, maybe someone can tell us what this leather box was meant to hold:

1360. The part on the end is around 5" long:

1361. 5-7/8" long:

1362. The metal piece is 7" long:

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  • The leather box looks like it could be for a piece of scientific equipment.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/17/2008 11:18 AM  

  • 1362 is a ship's lead and line, for measuring depth, marked in fathoms with pieces of material.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/17/2008 12:05 PM  

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