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, September 11, 2008

Set 249

1405. Patented in 1891:

Approximately 36" long:

1406. 15-20' long:

Larger image

1407. 1-3/8" long, anodized aluminum with a rubber insert that is open at one end and closed at the other, submitted by a visitor who would like to know exactly what this clamp is for:

1408. 36" long, made of thick leather:

1409. About 9" long:

The purpose for this wrench can be found on the answer page for the Animal Trap Quiz that I created the other day. A moderate warning concerning the traps, some of them are a bit grim looking.

1410. 48" long, patented in 1890:

Close-up image

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  • 1405. Lifting bar
    1406. Portable scale
    1408. For carrying firewood

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/11/2008 5:06 AM  

  • 1409: Bicycle wrench

    By Anonymous Blondin, at 9/11/2008 6:50 AM  

  • 1405-Pallet&crate shifter/lifter
    1406-Tractor balancing platform,for game played at tractor shows to demonstrate drivers control expertise.
    1407-For capping off glass lab tubing?
    1408-Blacksmiths apron?
    1409-Gas Stove wrench?
    1410-Racheting"clamp" for furniture building?

    By Anonymous Yupper, at 9/11/2008 9:44 AM  

  • 1407. For oiling cables such as motorcycle brake and clutch cables.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/11/2008 1:14 PM  

  • 1407: Throttle cables, actually. Brakes are normally hydraulic these days, and clutch cables are far too large in diameter for this tool.

    I own and use one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/11/2008 3:54 PM  

  • 1407. I have one of these that I bought at a motorcycle shop several years ago and it is for oiling the clutch and brake cables. I used it for oiling the cables on a Yamaha 125 and 175 Enduro.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/12/2008 5:08 AM  

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