Any help identifying this puzzle would be greatly appreciated. My wife's grandfather got this puzzle from a relative, we are looking for any information possible.enter image description here


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It's the Chinese nine rings puzzle, the goal is to separate the long-shaped metal piece (in the upper part of your photo) from the "main" part (the one with the plastic base and the rings).

I once heard that in the middle ages the mechanism was used as a lock but I wouldn't be so sure about that.

It's a funny puzzle to solve once you find the mechanism, if you need an hint keep in mind that this puzzle is related to

Binary code

  • $\begingroup$ I see just 8 rings $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Commented Jul 24, 2022 at 17:37
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    $\begingroup$ Well, then it's the Chinese Eight Rings puzzle. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 24, 2022 at 17:55

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