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Offline RussellT

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Mystery Objects
« on: January 21, 2021, 08:05:51 AM »
Hello Shed Dwellers  :nrocks:

I've been clearing out my mother in laws shed and I've found some mystery objects.   :scratch: :scratch:  They were in a shed so I thought I'd ask on here if any one knew what they were.

The first one is three small metal objects - each about 20mm long - the odd one out is marked OSOEZI PATENT.  There might be another character in front of OSOEZI but if it's a character it's not legible.  I googled that and came up with patent cuff links - but the pictures were nothing like these.



The second one is a bit more modern and is half a dozen plastic pieces that clip together to make a long thing.  There's a picture of the presumed handle and business end as well.





 
   
   

The third one is a bit of steel.  I have a feeling I've seen something like this elsewhere but I have no idea what it is. :scratch:



All suggestions gratefully received.

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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2021, 09:12:06 AM »
Photo 1 - Card clips holding a label to fabric

Photo 2 - No real idea - extendable back scratcher ? - Something to unblock a long pipe?

Photo 3 - thin chisels ?
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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2021, 09:34:37 AM »
Picture 2 looks very similar to the stakes that are used for lawn lighting.

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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2021, 11:14:38 AM »
Third photo looks like a rabbet plane blade

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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2021, 02:46:13 PM »
I should have said that the second one's parts are about 8 inches long, and that the third one is also about 8 inches long.  That seemed to get lost in my struggle to post it.

Andrew, your first suggestion seems very plausible, but what would be sufficiently novel to justify a patent or a name like OSOEZI.

Eric, good thought, but I think it would be too flimsy to stick in a lawn.  I did wonder about a tool for threading something through a tube.

Sea.dog Interesting suggestion, but I'm not sure it's got much of an edge. I'll have to look in the morning.

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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2021, 03:04:48 PM »
OSOEZI merely describes the product "Oh So Easy"

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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2021, 06:23:46 PM »
1 looks a bit like hooks for ladies to hang a handbag on a table, but not quite.
Is it springy, and what thickness would fit?


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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2021, 06:56:01 PM »
I like seadog's rabbet plane suggestion. Looks to have maybe been hand forged -- is the groove at the thick end possibly where the metal was folded up and incompletely forge welded?

I can't tell from the photo, but at the thin end, if it's slightly mushroomed from hammering, that is also pretty characteristic of a wooden rabbet plane where the iron was unfortunately tapped with a hammer instead of the ends of the plane with a wooden mallet. But pretty common.

Well that's all guesswork on my part.  :scratch:
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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2021, 09:59:04 AM »
Thanks everyone.

Andrew, are you speaking from knowledge or are you speculating like the rest of us?  I understand the OSOEZI bit but to me that says it has to be easier than the alternative and it doesn't seem much easier than a paperclip or pin.

Russ, it'll only clip a thickness of a couple of mm.  It's not very springy, it appears to be made out of brass.   One of them is cracked (visible in the first picture I posted). Here's another picture.



The steel object shows no sign of sharpening although there is a bit of mushrooming on the thin end.  That might be from abuse.  There is another mark on the longest side near the thin end which suggests it was one of a set of at least three.  The groove Steve referred to looks deliberate to me.  I wonder if it's an oil groove or for a thread to run in? Here's another picture.

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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2021, 10:07:18 AM »
I've seen very similar clipping sheet music to a music stand.

(I've equipped the wife with some rare earth magnets for the same purpose when playing outdoors or on a band stand)
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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2021, 01:01:29 PM »
Hi All,
The plastic gadget with the forked end looks like a tool for removing vehicle trim and panels
As to why all the extensions are needed IDK

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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2021, 04:14:50 PM »
Thanks John, yes I've seen similar tools, but much tougher than this.

I guess it will have to remain a mystery.

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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2021, 05:11:03 PM »
Maybe it's for picking up litter.
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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2021, 05:32:23 AM »
Third pic, one in the bottom looks to me somewhat like marking knife for woodworking...there are many designs. Some are to hold like a pen, some like a brush and some just liiks decorative, buta are actually hard to use.
https://www.fine-tools.com/anreissmesser.html

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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2021, 10:51:20 AM »
It's a plow plane iron. Some types not shown do not have the hook at the top.
Please see bottom two pics
https://garrettwade.com/product/antique-english-plough-plane-np
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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2021, 10:55:02 AM »
are the first items related to playing cards? Clubs and hearts?

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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2021, 11:11:51 AM »
And for the plastic item, this is what I think it is .....
 
https://www.gardentoolcompany.com/products/leaf-trash-picker-by-sneeboer

Possibly an inexpensive pieced version included in a plastic garden tool kit to allow minimal package size.
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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2021, 11:34:22 AM »
I've found a reference to George Taylor (aka osoezi) London, 1940s, art deco, cufflinks here:
http://crystal-heirlooms.co.uk/Collection-Cufflinks-Colour.html

Possibly cufflinks or tie clips, or something similar.

At any rate, they could probably advise.


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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2021, 06:03:49 AM »
Well done Steve, the plough plane picture is completely convincing.  That also explains the "III" marking as they appeared to have sets of blades.  I think sea.dog had got this one as well but I couldn't find a picture like that.  Well done to sea.dog too.  Slightly puzzling as I don't think any of the family were woodworkers but that mystery is solved.

It seems as though the small items are clips of some kind, I suppose there could be some use for holding a few playing cards as Norman is suggesting.  The "patent" label ought to suggest some innovative feature but I can't see what it is.  I'll try emailing the people advertising the patent cuff links.

I'm still not convinced about the plastic thing.  It's so flimsy I nearly broke it clipping it together.  I think it would break if I tried to stab a sweet packet.  I still think something for threading something through a tube is possible - it's thin all the way along apart from the handle.

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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2021, 03:04:39 PM »
Definitely SeaDog got it. I just found a pic.

re. the plastic oddity, I think it's crap no matter what the use, because it has a handle and it will always fall apart when pulled. But I don't think that argues against it being a trash picker in some cheap gardening kit. Often, unusable plastic junk is included in a bargain "complete kit" of anything -- particularly mail order items or a "free gardening kit gift with every order".

There are lots of plastic trowels out there, quite useless unless you're only digging in a bag of potting soil.

Hmmmmm.......wait a minute..........it's a prod to keep people with viral contagion a respectable distance away!
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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2021, 11:22:31 AM »
Hmmmmm.......wait a minute..........it's a prod to keep people with viral contagion a respectable distance away!

It is now! :D Thanks for the suggestion.

Going back to the mystery brass clip type objects, someone has suggested that they could be hooks for a pocket watch chain.  I can see how that would work, a loop going through a button hole, through the loop on the brass object and over the ball ended piece on the brass object looks as though it should give a fairly secure fastening to clothing.  Of course with this knowledge and the patent label I ought to be able to find details of the patent if that's correct - I have looked but with no success.

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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2021, 03:00:30 PM »
Maybe something like this?

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Re: Mystery Objects
« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2021, 06:04:07 PM »
They are obviously hanging hooks. Small so portable. Brass/bronze so they won't rust.

I think they are for hanging beach towels on your wind breaker down at the beach :)

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