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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, at queries@taths.org.uk.

Ed  Melusky would like some help to identify this tool. It looks so familiar, but what is it?  

Steve Lee asks if we know what this tool was used for. 

Travis would welcome hlep with identifying this recent pruchase!

Igor Odintsov hopes that TATHS visitors could help with identifying  the original manufacturer of a particular Belzer screwdriver. (See picture attached, please).  It bears a prominent "British made" logo.

Luke Tweddle is hoping we can help identify the maker of this hand saw.

The Norfolk Museums service were given this hammer with a request for identification.

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.