Simple but strange, or transposed to “Simply
Strange” — either way describes this month’s “Guess What.”
Obviously hand-held, this cast iron multiple opening device
served a very specific multifaceted purpose. This is a much
sought after example by collectors fanatically immersed in
It has an even-spaced series of blunt raised spike guards
surrounding each hole. The handle is hollow, with decorative
filigree perforations (strictly for design and to make for a
less bottom-heavy piece to wield). [apologies for the murky
photo] Size: 9” long x 4” diam.
following less than sincere suggestions is our way to help
jumpstart the thought-solving process such as
1) Orchard grower’s fruit-picking size grader
2) Bread dough kneader
3)Marble shooter’s championship sizing guide
4) Mini matzah ball maker roundness tester
5)Jeweler’s ring finger sizer
6) Iron knuckles for a six-fingered assailant
7)Fruit salad melon ball, blueberry and grape measure
8) Optometrist “ready-in-an-hour” lorgnette lens checker
9) Early child’s soapy water bubble maker
10) Watchmaker’s varying power magnifying loupe (when the
lenses are in place)
11) Taxidermist species eyeball matching guide.
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We’ve done our part, time to do yours. Full revelation next
*Gracious thanx to “Kooks” collectors Bill and Rosemary
Ulmer, Whitmore Lake, Mi.
to November 2001 Issue Guess What..?
We both know that an “alarming” answer is about to
unfold and we can thank the Automatic Alarm Co. of Chicago for their
ingenuity and inventiveness as documented in their patent of Sept.
2, 1902. Last month we gave you a choice of seven possible answers
and if seven-to-one odds
attractive, you’d have won if you picked No. 3. This hotel room door
intruder security alarm bell was placed with the two prongs at the
top digging into the door and the spring activated point at the
bottom wedged against the floor. When forced from the outside, the
pressure set off the spring wound alarm bell... a raucous answer to
the dead bolt!*
*Available for acquisition