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 28, 2008

Set 247

1393. 5-1/4" long:

1394. The blade is 9-1/2" long, first patented in the 1870's:

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1395. 12-1/2" tall:

1396. 4-1/2" diameter, both are hollow and look the same on the bottom as on top, the blue one is ceramic and the other is made of glass:

1397. Below are two different types of weights, the one in this first photo weighs 50 pounds:

These weigh 14, 15, and 21 pounds:

1398. About 36" long:

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  • 1397 Counterbalance weights for scales.

    By Blogger Canem, at 8/28/2008 6:30 AM  

  • 1396 - Decorative lightning rod balls. The lightning rod was inserted through the hole in the ball. Usually seen in rural areas on lightning rods on the roofs of barns and homes.

    By Anonymous RFP, at 8/28/2008 7:17 AM  

  • 1393 - Polar planimeter, used for measuring areas on drawings, maps & such.

    By Anonymous Beans, at 8/28/2008 9:07 AM  

  • 1397 calibration weights for scales. i used them to recalibrate the scales when the forklift drivers would abuse them at both the box plant and the papermill.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/28/2008 4:19 PM  

  • 1394. Merriam Cast Iron Corn Cutter

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/28/2008 7:44 PM  

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