The creative thinking we get exposed to
never, ever ceases to amaze us. When we first posted our "wazzat" item
we thought you'd give us a guess or two, that there would be no winner and off
we'd go to our next e-letter. WRONG ! And just to let you know how wrong you've
proven us to be, below is the list of guesses you gave us, enjoy !
Oh wait we almost forgot the item in the photo
is a light bulb guard,
it was developed in the late 1940's to prevent the theft of light bulbs from the
New York City subway system.
The Light Bulb
Guard was mounted onto a custom light bulb socket. The guard itself acted as
it's own hinged pin and the little round cylinder on the hinge end was threaded
to take a special headed screw.
Below shows the
Light bulb guard in closed position.
the bulb, the screw is loosened and the guard dropped out of the way. The
left and center photos show the guard in the swing position and the right
photo shows the guard in the fully dropped position allowing for the
replacement of the light bulb.
Wazzat contest entries, we
awarded two prizes one to Armen for his entry of guards the base of the light
bulb, he chose a set of jewelry
finding catalogs as his prize. The other winner went to Karen for her entry of
for Light and she chose 2 grab
bags as her prize. Thanks to all our participants.
- I think it is a purse clasp.
- Looks like one half of a toggle clasp, I guess.
- Is it one of those old
fashioned snapping buttons for jackets or shoes?
- Wow, this is an interesting one. I had about three ideas, but the one I think
I will go with is a bracket to hold a a cap on a large jug or bottle. It's
probably something much more unique than what I've guessed.
- Beer or bottle opener.
- Air valve release
- My best guess is that is a lever handle to a device.
- This answer comes from my husband, though where he gets this is beyond me,
ha. A corset fastener or buttoner??
- How about a part for a lamp??? I hope I won!!!!! If I did I will take the
- The grounding part of an electrical connector of some kind.
- Part of a musical instrument?
- Part of a hinge?
- Forget my first wild BUT wrong guess just realized it's too large for ear
back unless it's for an elephant. But it looks like hose rack to mount on a
wall? Is my guess even close??
- An earring back!!!!
- Is it for a horse's bridle? Looks like the strap goes thru the hole? ????
- Hello ... is that a piece of a horse bridle?
a part for a musical instrument.
- I think it is a belt buckle, or part of one
- Is it perhaps a stirrup (or rather a step-up) for a carousel animal?
- It looks like the thumb latch part of a latching bail for a canister. The
bail itself is not shown but the two bent ends would slip into the holes on the
- I think it is nautical in nature. Probably a "line" or rope guide
for a sailing vessel.
- A flag holder!! A belt buckle!! Oh my gosh perhaps it
was the fastener for a chastity belt
- Could this be a rig that attaches to one's belt (on the right side of the
object - loop your belt through) and the loop projects out at a 90 degree angle,
dangling below, and holds a flashlight?
- How about a bottle opener that attaches to your belt?
- How about a wall-mounted flag holder?...or a kite spool
- Hello, is it a lampshade
protector that also guards the base of the light bulb ?
- Brass Door Security Guard
- I have one more guess... Brass Security door
view or peephole?
- Is that metal thing an old cofer latch?
- Is it a safety latch?
- I think that the mystery item is part of a door latch mechanism.
- latch for a double pane window.
- I know! It's a privacy lock for a hotel room door. The
device pivots like a hinge and when engaged over the doorknob inside the
room and does not allow it to be opened from the outside! Yeah, that could
work! So go ahead and tell me already!
- My second guess is part of a security latch for a door
to prevent it from opening more than a small crack so a person could peek
out at the person at the door.
- I think is a part of one of your machine to produce
- I'm going to guess that the strange brass object is
something that holds the barrel of a gun in a gun rack?
- Ok, here's my guess. Holder
for a Billy club
- It's a holster for a night
- My guesses are that the
wazzat is part of an old window lock (between the panes) or a locking handle
part for a window that would be towards the bottom of the window.
- is it for a boot?
- Is it a gun part?
- Is the mystery part a latch
for a purse?
- I don't know what to call it
but here's how I speculate the device could work... The lower right tubular
end is connected to a fuel source, the fuel travels through the tubing that
has been bent into a roughly circular shape to be suspended on a bottle and
then down to the end point which is again on the right but above the inlet.
There a wick of some type (if the fuel is not a gas) and could allow for
development of a small flame. Potential uses? A nightlight? One of a
series of similar devices used in series to light a walkway? A device to
keep a bottle of milk from freezing when left on a doorstep?
- It's a lock for a trunk or
- An old fashioned door
- Window or Door Latch or Bracket
- My guess is that the 'wazzat'
item is a buckle finding?
- I know, I know !!, it is the
thing that hangs off of a specially made belt of a policeman, that a night
stick or flashlight or something hangs from.
- A latch for a
- A bracket to hold straps to
- My guess is a cops
- A piece on a Fire
How is that for a list of
creative thoughts ?