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 18, 2008

Set 250

1411. 5" long, patented in the 1860's:

It's spring returned to the position seen in the first two pictures.

1412. The subject here is the large wooden apparatus, the miscellaneous tools are not necessarily related to it:

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1413. 8-1/2" long, patented in 1925:

This combination tool has ten different uses, although only seven of them are visible in the photos because it's missing some parts. Since most of the other functions are obvious, the main question here is to determine the purpose of the wheel shaped part shown below:

1414. Approximately 54" tall:

The owner of this tool also had a nice display of axes:

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1415. 7-1/2" long, submitted by a visitor who found this unidentified piece of hardware while hiking near some power lines in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, text on it reads "Pat'd 1932" and "P132":

1416. 8-1/4" long:

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Last week's set is seen below, click here to view the entire post:

More discussion and comments on these photos can be found at the newsgroup rec.puzzles.


  • 1413. Multi Purpose Kitchen Tool - the disc is half of the knife sharpener. A matching disc is missing and would be on the empty rivet.
    1416. Mortise cutter, probably used in furniture manufacturing.

    By Blogger Canem, at 9/18/2008 6:31 AM  

  • 1412 is a horse-powered treadmill

    By Blogger Ray, at 9/18/2008 4:53 PM  

  • 1407. Motion Pro Cable Luber. Used to lubricate motorcycle clutch and brake cables.

    By Anonymous Dan, at 11/16/2008 12:43 PM  

  • 1416. Tool for drilling a mortis.

    By Blogger fcampbel, at 8/16/2009 1:51 PM  

  • 1416 Used for making hole in window frame for sash weight pully

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/27/2010 6:17 PM  

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