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    Posted 4 months ago

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    My dad found this at an antique tool store many years ago. We've taken it to many blacksmiths and tool forgers but they have only had guesses. To the best we can tell, the imprint on the handle is PAT_(G or C)AN(I or T)_AR. The underlines are letters/numbers we can't make out. Does anyone know what this is and what it was used for?

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    1. dav2no1 dav2no1, 4 months ago
      Very we all want to know.
    2. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 4 months ago
      Very interesting ,
      one thing for sure
      it isn’t something
      I want to have used on me
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 months ago
      This has the potential be interesting. I sure don't know.
    4. Congcu, 4 months ago
      Perhaps a veterinarian's equine mouth gag?
    5. tdoss21, 4 months ago
      We thought at first it had something to do with horses. Not sure. The last blacksmith I spoke to said it might be some kind of dual pipe vice.
    6. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 4 months ago
      Yeah -- I fully agree with Dave, Vynil, & BB2 -- whatever this thing is has gotta be interesting, and I wanna know now too?!! <lol>

      It looks like squeezing the main handles moves the inner jaws outwardly while the larger side lever moves the outer jaws inwardly -- what does the smaller side lever do? (lock something in place??)
    7. raven3766 raven3766, 4 months ago
      Is it a dental thing?
    8. TallCakes TallCakes, 4 months ago
      ancient creepy medical device,_14th_15th_and_16th_century._Wellcome_M0008374.jpg
    9. TallCakes TallCakes, 4 months ago
      that didn't seem to work so well
    10. RightWing, 4 months ago
      veterinarian's tool for opening the birth-canal on a cow or horse ....hmmmmmm ?
    11. SharpGuy, 3 months ago
      For wire fence repairs? Pull the sections together and locks in place for mending?
    12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 months ago
      Raven, if a dentist came at me with that thing, he is the one who will need dental work !
    13. hotairfan hotairfan, 3 months ago
      I'm going along with RightWing, assisting in the birthing of an animal.

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