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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 25, 2008

Set 251

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1418. 5" long:

1419. Three different versions of the same device, all are around 15" long:

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Take a look at Neatorama for more guesses on how these were used.

1420. Approximately 48" tall, circa 1895:

1421. 10" long:

1422. About 16" tall, from the 1890's:

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To submit photos, click on the profile link at the upper right to find my email address.


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.


  • 1417. Viewfinder and polaroid back for large format motion picture camera.
    1419. Colonial era toasters, used on hearth. I believe third image is oldest style.
    1421. Nail rake used in hardware stores when nails were sold by weight from bins. Blacksmith made.

    By Blogger Canem, at 9/25/2008 6:38 AM  

  • 1417. Oscilloscope camera - bolts up to the CRT on the 'scope.

    By Anonymous chuck, at 9/25/2008 9:05 AM  

  • 1420 is a penstock for a water wheel, controls flow thru the water wheel. used in an old water powered grist mill. there are lots of them still around in SC.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/25/2008 9:16 AM  

  • 1417 -- attachment for a polaroid camera, usually to an oscilloscope or similar instrument.
    1418 -- cigar cutter?
    1419 -- toaster
    1420 -- medieval back scratcher?

    By Blogger Alex, at 9/26/2008 6:51 AM  

  • 1420 is a scale model of a laffel water turbine.

    By Anonymous Lou R, at 9/26/2008 1:33 PM  

  • Those objects with the long handles were used to toast bread near a fire, some are a little fancier than others.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/23/2009 8:36 PM  

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    By Blogger ybinin, at 5/14/2009 9:32 AM  

  • Neat stuff ! Reminds me of days spent wandering around my grandpa's shop.

    Did you know there is an old timer in Canada named Clive Rodger that collects curios and tools from bygone years? His website is Clive's Curios .. I think you would enjoy it.

    By Blogger BJ, at 7/12/2009 8:21 AM  

  • Hi!
    a very good idea, to collect old things, maybe in the future you get some good money for it. I have speccially interest in old Sewing machines and i already got 3. They are really beautiful, but no photos yet.

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  • The black rake like item is used to remove nails from a barrel in an old hardware shop

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