Posted 7 years ago
I really don't know the use for this tool. I bought it at a tool auction this weekend because I love to hunt for the purpose of a weird tool.
Here's how it works: Photo #1 shows the handle wide open by screwing in the stop on the upper end of the handle. This makes the weird protrusions on the tool to close shut as photo #2 shows.
When the stop screw is widthdrawn, as shown in photo #3, it allows the protrusions to seperate as the handles are squeezed together. This seperation is shown in photo #4.
The instrument is about 6" long, made out of polished steel that is nickel plated. On the inner handle is marked Pat. Jan. 30, 1923.
Oddly enough, the protrusions look like a human tooth when closed. If I had to make a guess, I'd say it is a tool that a dentist would use to open the prongs of a partial plate that he is fitting on a patient, you know, the prongs that mount the plate to the other teeth on each end of the partial. Of course this is a wild guess, .... help me out.... let me know what you think. Thanks for watching......hotairfan