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, August 14, 2008

Set 245

1381. Around 7" long:

1382. About 54" long, the top and bottom are symmetrical:

This tool is made from two long pieces of wood that are connected by two adjustable metal parts:

These next three were submitted by visitors:

1383. 25cm or 9.8" long:

1384. 7.5" long:

1385. Another unidentified artifact, the owner is looking to find out how it was used, it's made of cast iron and is just over 12" tall:

1386. 11-5/8" long:

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  • 1382: Pretty sure that's for picking up and carrying barrels.
    1382: For stripping the outer insulation from telephone cables?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/14/2008 6:39 AM  

  • >1382: Pretty sure that's for picking up and carrying barrels.

    Correct, although according to the patent it was primarily used to carry a different load.

    >1383: For stripping the outer insulation from telephone cables?

    This tool isn't a stripper

    By Blogger Rob, at 8/14/2008 7:53 PM  

  • 1383: Tool for lopping horns off livestock?

    By Anonymous Blondin, at 8/15/2008 7:30 AM  

  • No, 1383 isn't used on livestock.

    By Blogger Rob, at 8/15/2008 8:52 AM  

  • 1383: for cutting lead pipe?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/15/2008 1:48 PM  

  • >1383: for cutting lead pipe?

    It's not for cutting lead pipe, but you're close to the answer.

    By Blogger Rob, at 8/15/2008 1:50 PM  

  • 1381 - Cigar box opener, perhaps?

    By Anonymous RFP, at 8/15/2008 3:55 PM  

  • >1381 - Cigar box opener, perhaps?


    By Blogger Rob H., at 8/15/2008 3:59 PM  

  • 1384. 7.5" long

    This is a 'fire log' of sorts. It is from Ireland. BNM stands for the company that produces them - Bord Na Mona which is a (semi) State organisation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/16/2008 4:44 PM  

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