Friday, September 14, 2007

1085. Super ellipsoid, a geometrical form created by Piet Hein.

1086. Haven't been able to confirm any of the guesses for this device.

1087. Post top street sign bracket

1088. Fire starter, kept near a hearth and used to start a fire with no kindling or paper. The container was filled with kerosene, the rod was removed, lit, and held under the logs, by the time the kerosene had finished burning five or ten minutes later, the fire had been set. A modern version can be seen here.

1089. This is a universal tool used for lifting hot plates, pots, and stove lids. It can also be used as a meat tenderizer and a trivet, patent number 241,893.

1090. Checkering tools, used for carving hash marks in wood, usually on gun stocks to improve the grip.

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