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Pliers6 of 24Antique iron tool pliers? with hole on each tip I gave plyers use unknown
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    Posted 10 months ago

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    Found this in my garage has my grandfathers name in graves into it. I’m not sure what it is. Anyone know?

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    1. dav2no1 dav2no1, 10 months ago
      They look like cobbler pliers? But since they appear stainless, I was thinking upholstery pliers too.
    2. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 10 months ago
      Being so shiny (stainless, or chrome plated?) and that they are engraved with your grandfather's name, I'd wonder if they were originally some sort of commemorative/anniversary presentation gift to him? Do you know what he did for his career in 1979, and/or whether it had any particular connection to tools somehow?

      What are the other markings -- there's something else in your pic1 anyway on the 'pliers' part, also something on the round part??
    3. Goldenboy1010, 10 months ago
      The round part is marked usm but he was not in the military or marines I don’t quite know what he was doing in 1979 I know he was a chemical engineer and worked at a tape factory.
    4. Motoolz, 10 months ago
      Possibly united shoe machinery co, Lynn mass. 1863-1913. Makers of leather and shoe repair tools
    5. TallCakes TallCakes, 10 months ago
      seem to be most often listed as USM cobble'rs pliers
    6. Irishcollector. Irishcollector., 10 months ago
      Often called a lasting pliers, for stretching the leather upper onto a wooden form before attaching the sole. The protrusion acts as a fulcrum and is also used for hammering in tacks to secure the upper in place. I posted several of these tools and other shoe tools in the past.
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
      Great SOLVES !!!
    8. Goldenboy1010, 10 months ago
      Found out today that he worked at a shoe factory for a long time and this was probably a gift from the company. Thank you all for the help!
    9. hotairfan hotairfan, 10 months ago
      my guess is a upholstery pliers

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