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Metal Puzzles: HPG 6 Type 4
Undated (195?) set of metal puzzles

(c) Emil Dudek 2011

Box of six metal puzzles consisting of lid and green patterned base in two colour printed card.  Approximately 143mm x 115mm x 24mm (w x h x d) with an internal brown card dividers all of equal size.

Instructions are included on a black and white, single sided piece of paper (approx. 250mm by 139mm) and contains text descriptions only - no diagrams!

By H. P. G. & S. Ltd, London, Made in England. (H.P Gibson & Sons Ltd, formed 1919 aka Gibsons Games)

The edges of the box have the following strap-lines: "A Household Entertainer", "Causes Endless Amusement" and "Problems for Young and Old".

Good quality set with standard puzzles.

 

Puzzle

Comments
"Two Nails" Puzzle
To solve this ingenious puzzle hold the head of each nail between the thumb and forefinger of each hand, then cross the right to the left and the left to the right, by a little twisting and manipulation the two nails may now be made to draw apart.  To put together again insert the point of each nail through the circular bend and with a little gentle twisting the two will become attached.
Type 4 puzzle. Two distorted nails in a twisted manoeuvre pass-through.  Familiar item shapes with simple separation. Line up the two linear gaps at 90 degrees and pull/twist apart.

I don't fully agree with their description and find it easier to hold the sharp ends of the nails.

"Three-One Twist" Puzzle
This puzzle is very similar to the three link puzzle except that with these three rings, in the sliding apart movement you have to give them an outward and upward twist.  Otherwise the solution is the same as the three links.
Type 1 puzzle. Triple crossed-circle diagonal pass-through.  Basic shapes with simple separation. Line up the two linear gaps at 90 degrees and pull apart, again and again.
"The Three Link" Puzzle
It will be noticed that two of the links are hanging on the other side.  These two are to be got apart first by sliding away from each other, this movement takes place inside the third link.  You now have a small chain of three links which will be found to slide apart in the same way as links one and two.  To assemble, join the two links by sliding together then attach the third link.  To complete, slide together links number one and two.
Type 1 puzzle. Triple paperclip diagonal pass-through.  Basic shapes with simple separation. Line up the two linear gaps at 90 degrees and pull apart, again and again.
Three Snakes  
These snakes are parted by sliding each other long the short straight part of each snake. By careful manipulation you will find out which two come apart first. If No. 1 will not come off No. 2 try No. 1 off No. 3 or No. 2 off No. 3. When you have got the first one off the remaining two can be separated in the same way. To assemble reverse the process.
Type 1 puzzle. Triple fluted-circle diagonal pass-through.  Basic shapes with simple separation. Line up the two linear gaps at 90 degrees and pull apart, again and again.
"V" and Two Rings
Hold the V with the right thumb and finger and the small ring with the left thumb and finger. Take the small ring up the left hand side of the V at the same time carrying the large ring with it. Next turn the V towards you so that the V and the large ring are parallel and the small ring at right angles to them. Now draw the V down and away from the two rings. To assemble reverse the process.
Type 2 puzzle. Locked in shape.  The small ring is held on the V-shaped holder, seemingly locked in place by a bigger ring which it cannot go though.

To solve gather both rings together and get the large ring to go over one end of the retainer - it will then become obvious.

Triangles
Take any two of the triangles, one in each thumb and finger, then slide them apart where the ends of the wires are parallel.  It will now be seen you have a short chain of three single triangles.  No. 1 can now be detached from No.2 in the same way, also No.2 from No.3.   To assemble reverse the process.
Type 1 puzzle. Triple triangle diagonal pass-through.  Basic shapes with simple separation. Line up the two linear gaps at 90 degrees and pull apart, again and again.