I have been collecting all kinds of old things since I was very young. I particularly like tools and gadgets whose purpose is not known.


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Britains Vickers machine gun crew. - Toysin Toys
Britains mortar crews. - Toysin Toys
Britains Gatling guns. - Toysin Toys
Brass stamper. - Officein Office
Oil can with extendable neck. - Petrolianain Petroliana
Toy gun. - Toysin Toys
Dual purpose needle. - Sewingin Sewing
Help to identify. - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Dinky loudspeaker van. - Model Carsin Model Cars
Irish rush light holder. - Lampsin Lamps


  1. Very nice. Any makers name?
  2. Thanks Vetraio50, I must have this item well over 20 years and always thought it was very well made a part from the interesting subject of the stamp. Originally got it in a trade with a collector frie...
  3. Thanks UncleRon, its uses seem endless.
  4. Only one photo to go on but I think it might be a coopers croze plane to cut a croze groove around the inside of a barrel into which the top and bottom fit.
  5. Found a lot of images of glass cutting pliers but could not find anything that looked like this one.
  6. I really like the Linotype plate. When that machine was first introduced a lot of printers thought it would put them out of work, and it probably did.
  7. I think the notch is much to wide for pulling nails.
  8. Edge is now blunt but looks like it was very sharp at one time. The tool is quite light so I presume whatever it was designed to cut was not very strong. Also, having the sharpened side on top means i...
  9. Don't think so. If the ER was for Elizabeth Regina there would be a crown above it. More probable to be makers initials.
  10. Thank you, I'll pass that on.
  11. That's the great thing about well made old tools - a clean up , a drop of oil and they are ready to go again.
  12. They certainly were. Tin lamps like this probably either rotted away in a shed or were dumped when electricity took over.
  13. Looks like a saw setting tool.
  14. I have several old snips that I still use regularly in the garden. They work well and keep a good cutting edge. I think they are as good as any modern snips.
  15. Thank you. The lady who gave it to me had it outside her shop in the 1950's.
  16. Nice lock. What is the loop on the bottom for?
  17. Very impressive. I like old shoe memorabilia such as tools, signs, lasts, etc.
  18. The group looks great. I collect crested china from my home town regardless of maker or subject.
  19. Thanks. It's actually hard to find any reference to this model online or any information on the company that made it.
  20. Its good to see such a lively debate about these items. Regarding their shape, the first ring does have a taper but only on part of its circumference so I don't think it was intentional and it is the ...
  21. Not suggesting that it had oil in it but maybe something else for a promotion or gift for customers. For example BP once gave out miniature petrol cans filled with perfume to the ladies at a company d...
  22. I checked the link but I don't think that's it. Its odd that the 3 rings are constructed differently but are obviously for the same purpose. I don't know the history of them so can't say how they cam...
  23. Adjustable mortise marking gauge.
  24. I see what you mean but don't they usually have a pattern on the bottom?
  25. Maybe a needle for making rugs?
  26. Many thanks TubeAmp and Swampdogg that never occurred to me, any idea what age it might be. This reminds me that I had a dart shaped one when I was young with a metal top and plastic body.
  27. I think engineers use this graduation but I don't know why.
  28. Could it be just one of those little household tools intended for general use?
  29. Really nice piece of advertising.
  30. Never thought of that, thanks.
  31. You could be right there. We will see if anyone else agrees.
  32. I thought about that but why such large shoulders on the jaws?
  33. Like many of these tools the design was probably used for several different trades.
  34. Thanks for the comment. I don't know if Doyles made buggies or carriages but it is possible. Their main business was in mowers, ploughs, seed drills, etc.
  35. Well spotted. I forgot to include this in description, it is stamped "Dudley & Co. Ld."
  36. You could be right. The brass bar has a hole through one end with a piece of string still tied to it. The square hole in the other ends engages with something but I don't know what this might be.
  37. I have just seen your iron now. By coincidence I posted one quite similar yesterday.
  38. This iron and 2 others belonged to a bottle collector. Because he was more interested in his bottles I was able to trade with him for some spare bottles. The other 2 irons are interesting too, I will ...
  39. Thanks for the comments. I did find TassieDevil's link but I just can't see this iron being a toy, in fact it is quite heavy for its size. I thought it might be for some particular task like collars b...
  40. Yes I agree. Sheffield steel is famous all over the world.
  41. Thanks for confirming that Peter.
  42. Surprised nobody even took a guess at these. They could be classed as leather tools and were used by a handbag or purse maker. If the u-shaped channel of the metal frame was too tight then the pliers ...
  43. Thanks Gillian, I had already tried the image search with no luck but I did not know about the museum. I suppose I could send them a picture.
  44. A simple but very efficient design. Its surprising how much work can be done with one of these in a day. Looks great hanging on the wall.
  45. No, I think it is an accessory for a toy but I do not know what the toy looked like.
  46. Many thanks to Patchas and Tallcakes for identifying this item, its mystery solved.
  47. Yes, unfortunately someone decided to use it to hold creosote at some time. I cleaned most of it off but there are still traces.
  48. Thanks for replies. Suggestion by Patchas sounds plausible. Is this a guess or have you seen one of these before?
  49. I was just looking at some of the other hammers posted and saw an almost identical one with Radiance Toffee on the handle so its mystery solved, this is a toffee hammer too.
  50. I just posted a very similar little hammer but mine has no lettering on it. They are so alike and the same length I can probably assume that mine is a toffee hammer too.
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