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 21, 2008

Set 246

1387. Around 8" long:

1388. About 7-1/2' long:

1389. Approximately 30" long:

1390. 9" long:

1391. 7-1/2" long, take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on this device:

1392. 5" long:

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  • 1387 - Mold for pouring lead hammers.
    1391 - Driving directions for bus drivers.

    By Blogger Canem, at 8/21/2008 6:40 AM  

  • 1387: yep, when the head becomes mis-shapen, you remove it and re-cast it.
    1388: TV/movie camera dolley? possibly riding on cables for aerial shots?
    1391: yep, although it might not necessarily be for busses. Before the numbered U.S. highway system these sorts of directions and strip maps were quite commmon. Navigating long distances was quite difficult.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/21/2008 6:47 AM  

  • 1392: Some sort of bar tool for handling ice? I guessing that pull ice trays out of the freezer with the hooks and rake ice into a glass with the pointy bits.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/21/2008 8:43 AM  

  • >1387 - Mold for pouring lead hammers.
    >1391 - Driving directions for bus drivers.

    >1388: TV/movie camera dolley...

    These are all correct.

    1392 wasn't used for handling ice.

    By Blogger Rob, at 8/22/2008 3:06 AM  

  • 1389 is a gang saw

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/22/2008 1:27 PM  

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