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2020-07-20 1:06:38 PM  
They're all dildos.
 
2020-07-20 1:15:59 PM  
Leather tool
Salesmans samples for chemists.
Royal Air purifier, duh.
Perfume duster/fan.
Hard Boiled egg lifter.
Painting, you egg heads.
That treadle thing is not a puzzle, but how they were made.
Used to mix gases.
Chemical storage.
Filtration distillation of two liquids.
 
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2020-07-20 1:18:50 PM  
1)Top one i'm pretty sure that's for carpet fitting, stairs and similar stuff, you need something to push it into the corners but not sharp enough to damage the carpet. You would hit it with your free hand, not a mallet so that's why there aren't any marks.

8) Oxygen/gas burner - note the 2 receptacles for the rubber tubes - not sure what it was designed to be used on, but you can see the flame would be directed at something.
 
2020-07-20 1:45:31 PM  

Pocket Ninja: They're all dildos.

That's true, but they'd like your help in identifying these objects, just the same.
 
2020-07-20 1:53:55 PM  
Cow tools
 
2020-07-20 1:58:59 PM  
Bong, bong, bong, waterpipe, bong ...
 
2020-07-20 2:09:09 PM  

vudukungfu: Leather tool


That was my guess for the brass thingy as well.
Most of the others I can't even guess.
 
2020-07-20 2:13:10 PM  

Pocket Ninja: They're all dildos.


Done in one. I'll get the lights.
 
2020-07-20 2:13:55 PM  

sxacho: Cow tools


I remember I had that book where he explained that particular joke. The explanation was funnier than the cartoon.
 
2020-07-20 2:16:57 PM  
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2020-07-20 2:18:27 PM  
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2020-07-20 2:24:24 PM  

Pocket Ninja: They're all dildos.


Pretty sure a few of them were crack pipes, but technically you are correct since crack pipes can also be used as dildos.
 
2020-07-20 2:33:23 PM  
One was definitely a hemorrhoid Woonsocket or whatever they called anal toys back then

\doohickey auto corrected to Woonsocket? Brilliant!
 
2020-07-20 2:38:27 PM  
Pretty sure the second from last, the six cylinders, once held early Edison recordings on wax cylinders. Those are likely long gone. Basically it's a box of six record album sleeves without the records.

/ My best guess.
 
2020-07-20 2:44:03 PM  

skyotter: Bong, bong, bong, waterpipe, bong ...


The last one has to be a vaporizer.
 
2020-07-20 2:59:43 PM  
Obviously Vampire hunting tools, the melonballer looking thing was used for scooping out their eyes so when they rose from the grave they couldn't see you and critique your larping outfit.
 
2020-07-20 3:06:43 PM  

Pocket Ninja: They're all dildos.


Damnit!  Beaten by a lousy two hours!
 
2020-07-20 3:11:01 PM  
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2020-07-20 3:36:58 PM  

Pocket Ninja: They're all dildos.


hold on now, i think a few were dental tools.
 
2020-07-20 4:12:38 PM  

Pocket Ninja: They're all dildos.


PAIGE, NO!
 
2020-07-20 4:38:42 PM  
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Look like flare gun shells to me.  Be nice if they told you the dimensions, and showed more angles though.  Maybe show the front and back of one of the objects.
 
2020-07-20 5:13:00 PM  
#1 is easy.  It's a sand casting blunt.  A lot of the time they're wood, but in a pinch, you can make the sand mold with your fingers and just cast a blunt.  That's why the cast is so ugly.

I've done it a few times myself.
 
2020-07-20 7:18:43 PM  
There's at least three crack pipes and a bong on that list.
 
2020-07-21 1:37:56 AM  
Tick Sticking, a Carpentry HACK (few people know)
Youtube Cd2LY857oTY

Sometimes it's not obvious.
 
2020-07-21 6:58:26 AM  

dragonchild: Pocket Ninja: They're all dildos.
That's true, but they'd like your help in identifying these objects, just the same.


Identifying the dildos goes against company policy. You should never imply ownership of the dildos.
 
2020-07-21 10:11:06 AM  
The use of the two glass objects is obvious to anyone who watched back to the future.
 
2020-07-21 11:34:21 AM  

Xai: 1)Top one i'm pretty sure that's for carpet fitting, stairs and similar stuff, you need something to push it into the corners but not sharp enough to damage the carpet. You would hit it with your free hand, not a mallet so that's why there aren't any marks.

8) Oxygen/gas burner - note the 2 receptacles for the rubber tubes - not sure what it was designed to be used on, but you can see the flame would be directed at something.


burner end of an early spectrometer?
 
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