What Are These Things For? (21 pics)

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Found this stone on a beach in northern LP Michigan, it’s about 2 inches across and is strangely light for its size. The holes on top look man made, along with what I assume to be the characters D11 111.5
A: Not ballast, they used regular round stone for that. Based on the area you found it, petobego pond area was a large Marl clay quarry for the Elk Rapids Portland cement co. My best educated guess is it was a processed and fired piece of marl clay as a quality test. Hence the markings for a batch number. I am on board of that region’s underwater preserve council and trained underwater archeologist… suggest you take to Elk Rapids historical museum for confirmation. Very nice and knowledgeable folks there.

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Metal component dragging on the bottom of a Chevy Traverse
A: That’s your driveshaft.


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From India most likely, made of iron and opens like a treasure chest. 3 handles and a latch.
A: It's a Paan Daan, a ceremonial box used to hold betel leaves and nuts. Apparently Betel leaves have a narcotic effect when chewed.


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This large, ceramic, turquoise fire hydrant looking thing has been in the family for decades. Resembles some sort of large lantern, but still unsure.
A: I believe it's a small heater, probably gas. Mostly decorative to protect people from the flame.


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Some type of measuring device with a tiny light.
A: This is a linen tester. Originally used by printers to look at detail/patterns of fine linen paper, now used mostly as a loupe to check registration and close up detail on press sheets. Note the measurements and markings unique to this vs. a normal magnifying loupe, it’s to count the thread pattern of the paper. Totally old school craftsman printer tool. I have 4-5 from my dad. This one is in great shape! Corrected the spelling on loupe.


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Mountable brass hardware with turnable sort of Z-shaped hook
A: It's a window latch for old windows



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Can someone identify what is inside this 5 gallon jug of wine that is at least 25 years old? Found in a deceased grandparent's basement.
A: It's a SCOBY (think kombucha) sometimes it happens, sometimes it's bad, sometimes it's fine. You more than likely have vinegar now.


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Part of Machine. Unsure of function.
A: It's a banding machine used to secure loads onto pallets


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Pipes running throughout a wooded area. Spotted near a quarry in PA. What are they for?
A: They are for tapping syrup sap to make syrup. They no longer use taps and buckets (for large scale production), they string it back with pipes to a central large collector like this.


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Metal (copper?) key chain from Japan with oddly shaped parts that either rotate or slide. The little tag says ‘Huis Ten Bosch' which according to google is a Dutch theme park in Japan.
A: It's a novelty anchor, in miniature.


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A tool found on a family farm. Looks to small for a hog to fit through. It looks like there was text on the box, but we can’t make out what it said.
A: Applicator for livestock fly spray


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Found on Penns campus in Philly, made of metal, US quarter for scale. Some potentially private information on the paper script inside (not sharing the writings).
A: It looks like a geocache. It is a treasure hunting game, the information on the paper is probably names and dates of visit.


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What is this large metal rod in back of house - Id like to know if it can be removed! Maybe it is a lightning rod? We live at a slightly higher elevation in the city.
A: Antenna pole from TV antenna


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Old vacuum tube on the wall in the living room in my new (1910) home. The thing I'm holding is the cover.
A: It's what we used to call a bee hive light. Sometimes used to provide a visual cue to a hearing impaired person that the phone or door bell is ringing.


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What is this metal object roughly the size of a hand, guessing its around 700-800 grams, solid metal that is matte except for the round section.
A: Artificial hip replacement


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What is this sort of sliding meter sort of thing I always see located near train and tram tracks in the UK?
A: All signs are explained here.


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Can someone identify this weird metal plaque inside this tiny pocket we found on the sidewalk in front of our flat?
A: It's a luggage tag that has not yet been engraved.


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About 2″ tall hand carved marble cup. Is at least 110 years old. I was told these were found on the desks of wealthy men. What is it?
A: It's an Indian incense burner, made of soap stone.


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Wooden block with 2 screws and a spring in between
A: It's a card holder


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What is this large wooden board with movable red and white beads on the rim? Looks like game (table) with beads to keep score, but what type of game?
A: It's called a Billard Nicholas. It appears to be a French game of some sort.


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#16 Acid Cow has copied and pasted text without checking for links. Nearly as bad as when 'journalists' do that in print media.
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11) might be too small for a pig, but perfect size for a pigLET.
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