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.

Hugh Thompson found this at a sale.

Ralph Griffin bought this from a local car boot sale.

Kit Twigg wants to know what this is.

Peter Ainsworth wants to identify two old tools

Christopher Brightman emailed about an old plane.

Brian Read emailed about these lead objects, said to be palm-guards.

Jeff Pike asked about some old taps and dies for cutting threads in wood.