Throughout its history, TATHS has always provided a service to identify puzzling old tools. Queries can come from anyone - museum curators, collectors, or someone clearing out a relative's shed. Whatever the source, TATHS members like the challenge of identifying and explaining mystery objects! These "Whatsits" have been published in our quarterly newsletter - and still will be - but this section of the website will feature a selection of them, generally with bigger pictures than we can print in the newsletter. If you have any answers, or just guesses that might be helpful, you can add them in the comments. To submit a query, take some photos and email them with your question to our Queries Editor, Brian Read, at queries@taths.org.uk.

Nick White acquired this mystery tool recently. Any ideas anyone?

Haio Zimmermann is an archaeologist who works in Germany and in the Netherlands. He is working on a publication about a traditional hoisting instrument to screw up heavy loads like timber houses, water- and windmills, ships etc.

 

The photos show a handsaw recently acquired by Tony Waldis.

Tony Murland has loaned this first object to TATHS and would welcome ideas from members as to what it is....

Dean Butler has been referred to us from the Science Museum to identify this device. 

Doug Cardwell would like to know what these tools are used for.

Paula Drummond inherited this tool from her grandmother. She is wondering if it was for a specific use, perhaps linked to equine care, since her grandmother owned a horse.

Jenny Fowler, writing on behalf of Bristol Design, has found something which they haven't seen before in 30 years...

John Crumble has asked for advice on this mysterious tool.

Peter John Arnold  is trying to find the origin of a old draw knife that he found whilst buying old tools.

Christine Baker would appreciate some help to identify these tools, dated 1918. 

Patrick Clement is hoping for some help with these intriguing tools.

Baird was a known photographic supplier in Scotland.

Roy Forward would welcome help in identifying this artifact.

A query from Roy Forward, about a photograph he received from a friend in France, which he took at a village open day.

Stan Tyrer wonders if anyone can identify this tool.

This question by Richard Webb has provoked a lively debate on our facebook page,  so I thought it worth transferring to the website.