Object Identification POP QUIZ

Here’s a pop quiz that we don’t know the answer to.
Rick has been busy today trying to identify this object from collections storage. We’ve placed it at the front desk for our walk in visitors, staff, and volunteers about it. Now we turn to you to help us identify it.
We’ve included a photo here of our intern Rick holding it so you can have a sense of how large or small the object is. As a note, we’re unsure of the object’s orientation. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments below!

Unknown Tool/Object in the Collection

Help us to identify this object!


Here are some comments and observations we’ve received from visitors and staff at the SLHC today.
“It’s a tool of some sort”.
“Perhaps it could be used in bookbinding.”
“What if it was used in holding pieces of wood to make dowels?”
“Looks like a clamp of some sort. You can also put another object through the middle and measure it’s length”.
Another view of the unknown object

Another view of the unknown object. The vertical bars have measure marks indicated with roman numerals. Each hole is stepped and it gradually becomes smaller and smaller as it goes back into space.


“The nails appear to be tapered, and the mushrooming at the top of the nail demonstrates it’s been used often.”
“Reminds me of a vice of some sort.”
“Perhaps it was used in cigar manufacturing.”
Unknown object.
“The horizontal level moves up and down to measure width”.
“It’s made out of a very hard wood and structurally sound”.
What are your thoughts? Leave your comments below.
Another view of the object

Another view of the object. We're unclear as to its appropriate orientation.

About schwenkfelder

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Schwenkfelders and the history of southeastern Pennsylvania and the Perkiomen Region. The Heritage Center offers educational programming and tours, exhibits, workshops, and events throughout the year. Our blog is maintained by museum educator, Rebecca Lawrence, SLHC staff and guest bloggers.
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One Response to Object Identification POP QUIZ

  1. Wonderful, keep it up thanks.

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