But What Is That?! (21 pics)

Posted in INTERESTING       28 May 2020       4580       3

Moved into my new apartment, fixing broken fire alarm found this thing inside

1 But What Is That?!

A: It is a micro sd camera, I would report this to the police and would try to see what has been recorded on it.


Drifting off the coast of Cayman 12ftx15ft, perhaps a piece of an Arianespace rocket?

2 But What Is That?!

A: Looks like part of the Soyuz Launcher .


Found in old Shed, is it what it looks like? Inside is empty..

3 But What Is That?!

A: Looks like a mortar round. Maybe not an active one since it’s all shiny. This appears to be a 120 mm mortar shell, possibly of German origin.


Gold ring possibly antique signet ring

4 But What Is That?!

A: It’s a gold nugget ring, which were very popular in the ’80s.


Found this metal stick at an estate sale with some dishes. Don’t know anything about it.

5 But What Is That?!

A: It’s a Turkish ornate tea stirrer. The ‘bowl’ of the spoon is very shallow and small, and is used to measure the finely ground coffee and sugar into the ibrik pot.


Izismile Video Collection

Found this near a train track. Is it part of the rail?

6 But What Is That?!

A: It’s a piece of a bandsaw used for welding new blades together


Looks like a compass with some glasses attached, any idea why?

7 But What Is That?!

A: I had a plastic version of this decades ago as a kid, called an “Optic Wonder ”. It appears they’re still made.


Found when clearing out an old workshop. Seems to have a + shaped groove at the bottom of the silver bit and it’s spring loaded.

8 But What Is That?!

A: Cable lug crimping tool. Used for car battery cables, welding cables and other heavy duty wires that need ends crimped on.


Jar lid with weird plastic seal and a hole to put that handle through. Is this a manual blender? What kind of use is this supposed to have?

9 But What Is That?!

A: Stirrer for natural peanut butter.


A friend found this on a dog walk. Is it some kind of squirrel underpass? It was underneath a motorway (UK). Would be fascinating to know more!

10 But What Is That?!

A: Vole run


Interesting tool I found today. Any idea what it is?

11 But What Is That?!

A: It’s a Double Prism Optical Square for surveying.


Some sort of counter? It’s very lightweight, made of metal most likely tin. It’s hollow and the pointer can be clicked around to each number

12 But What Is That?!

A: Fancy antique golf stroke counter


Witt? Has been in the men’s bathroom for 5 years of a school. Looks like there is a water hose that goes with it.

13 But What Is That?!

A: Tower Garden. It’s a hydroponics unit.


Can someone tell me why a tile “Royal Palm 1931” is framed? I bought it at a thrift store, thought it was cute but I always wondered.

14 But What Is That?!

A: I am guessing it is from the Royal Palm hotel, which was demo’ed in 1931.


Measures 8″ and I know it was made at T.I. Texas Instruments. WITT? Main photo is without flash, look at rest of them to see all the colors in it w/ flash.

15 But What Is That?!

A: It’s a silicon wafer with a bunch of microchips etched in to it that hasn’t been cut in to individual chips yet. Probably for demonstration at a trade show or something.



What is this? Was clearing out boxes while moving into a new place. Text reads “Ash & Tom, Makers, Bull H Birmingham”.

16 But What Is That?!

A: Antique maritime compass


A co-worker got this from an estate sale. We haven’t been able to find anything about it

17 But What Is That?!

A: It is a tool for cutting wire or marking pipes length wise.


What is this Circular Object on the Gravestone?

18 But What Is That?!

A: Its is a flower vase which is stored in the headstone so they can mow the grass.


Old wooden hinged device, tags on it that suggest its for boots. Can’t figure it out.

19 But What Is That?!

A: The “price tag” from whatever antique store this was bought from shows something along the lines of “boot jack circa 1870” but it’s yet to be proven how this thing works.


Found today on an abandoned country estate in the UK. Any ideas what this building would’ve been used for?

20 But What Is That?!

A: It’s a dove cot for keeping your food fresh… as in alive


Found in an old garage. The nails are about 4 inches long and the box fits over the top.

21 But What Is That?!

A: It is a hetchel/hatchel for combing flax (to make linen)


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Bob 9 month s ago
Number 19 its a boot jack
Sher 9 month s ago
#6 - 1920's USB drive
Gail 9 month s ago
#4 Yes, popular in the 80/90's. I had one made into my initials. About 2010 gave it to my daughter to melt down to use the gold for something else she wanted.



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