What Are These Things For? (22 pics)

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Old container made out of clay and coated in brass. It shows a image of church.
A: It's a decanter of some sort. One way to find out what's in it — open it up! If there is liquor inside there it doesn't get better with age. In my experience these "collectible" decanters aren't really very valuable. I found that out when I inherited a collectible Jack Daniel's decanter with a tax stamp on it from 1964. I contacted the Jack Daniels distillery directly and they told me that the decanter itself probably only had a nominal value of $10-20, and the whiskey inside doesn't age in the bottle or become more valuable. Only wine has the potential to get better with age after it is bottled.

1 What Are These Things For? (22 pics)

This is a Waterford crystal piece we found in the attic. It’s from the 70s or 80s what is it for?
A: It's a crystal dome-shaped paperweight.


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My house (built in the mid 70's) has one of these in almost every room. Same size as a switch plate, with copper wire strung to the eleven sockets.
A: My house (built in the mid 70's) has one of these in almost every room. Same size as a switch plate, with copper wire strung to the eleven sockets.


3 What Are These Things For? (22 pics)

Banana sized and shaped old Tool(?) Found in old barn in Sweden. Wooden handle with rusty metal tip.
A: A seed dibber.


4 What Are These Things For? (22 pics)

My father found and bought this at a garage sale last week. It's cool to the touch, and the little doors/flaps make a clinking sound, so I'm guessing it's carved stone. Heavy, so probably solid. My best guess is it's a religious relic, since I don't see another use for it.
A: It's part of an Ethiopian Nativity.


5 What Are These Things For? (22 pics)

This little plastic basket/holder inside the far corner of a trolley. The rivets suggests it's for something oddly specific. Asked the supermarket staff, they had no idea.
A: It's a Bitz Box.



6 What Are These Things For? (22 pics)

Small red plastic piece. No markings. 2 bolts held on one side and 2 washers with one flat side.
A: Spare battery washers and screws for the terminal posts. Useful if you frequently pull batteries out of a motorcycle and undo all the terminals to do so for winterizing or storage.


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What is this? It's a small cylindrical object that has one rounded end that is screwed into the main base, when unscrewed inside is a spring like coil wrapped in a cotton or fabric padding, the other end becomes narrower with one flat side that has a groove in the middle and threading inside the end.
A: It's a permanent match that is missing the actual match.


8 What Are These Things For? (22 pics)

Small metal box; two lids flip up but more metal underneath. Could not fund a way to access the tiny space under the metal. WITT? Found in a leather pouch that also had a mirror. From an estate sale of a man in his 80s in Nevada, US.
A: It's an ink stamp. Fold it up and pull it out to see the stamp.


9 What Are These Things For? (22 pics)

Found this in a random box of kitchen supplies. Is this just for carving meat or some other food?
A: It's to slice bread.


10 What Are These Things For? (22 pics)

I found this weird concrete obelisk while walking in the woods near Marple Uk, no discernible markings on it to help me figure out what it is. Any ideas?
A: It's a trig point.


11 What Are These Things For? (22 pics)

Next to a camping site in S/W France near the beach. Seems to bring something up from the ground and collect it in a plastic bag.
A: It's for waster water separation. It's a rotary bar screen.


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Found this at my university. It looks like it’s made of metal, is cylindrical, and has lots of tiny holes on its sides. I also previously saw these at an airport. What is this thing?
A: It is an air diffuser for the air conditioning system. They keep the conditioned air close to the ground where it is required.


13 What Are These Things For? (22 pics)

Black plastic tub with metal reinforcement and a spindle. About 4’ across. Seems like it ought to spin? Found in a trash pile. What is this thing?
A: It’s a “Toy go round” cat exercise wheel.


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Found at a yard sale in NOLA. Previous owner said they were from Germany. I have no other details.
A: They're a special kind of stirrup.


15 What Are These Things For? (22 pics)

These husks maybe meant for smoking? Left behind at a house a bought by an East African man along with a bunch of BBQ supplies.
A: Hyphaene. It can be chewed or boiled and then strained and drink. Should have a sweet taste.


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What is this large electronic box? Found dumped, was in a rush so the pictures are a little bad.
A: It's a PLC cabinet. PLC = Programmable Logic Controller.


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Found this near some railroad tracks 45 years ago. The core is solid metal and visible on the top and bottom. The longitudinal section is a casing of a different metal.
A: It's a plain bearing.


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I found this tubular thing in my garden, it's quite heavy, I was actually afraid to move it around because for some reason I thought it might be a pipe bomb or something, anyways, any help in finding out what this is would be appreciated.
A: It's a sprinkler head.


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Small, triangular metal shovel/scoop attached perpendicularly to a wooden handle.
A: I believe that is for opening and/or reaming a hole in a barrel (like a wine barrel).


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White box with sponge on wall?
A: It's likely a vent and part of an HVAC system. The sponge would act as an air filter.


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1. is decorative bottle of some cheap Hungarian or Georgian wine, not decanter, and it cost about 5$ IIRC...
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