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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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  1. Could it be for flaring lead or copper pipes for joining?
  2. I think it's a timber scribe for cutting letters or numbers into timber.
  3. Might also hold a roll of rawhide to avoid leaving a mark when used as a hammer.
  4. Looks like a goose iron often used by tailors.
  5. Marking gauge usually has a pin driven into the stock. I think the the rectangular hole in this one might suggest a cutting gauge for veneer and the like. There would be a small blade held in the hole...
  6. Hello Zargon, I just saw this 4 months after you posted it. Definitely the same bottle and the garage connection would suggest a promotional item from Shell Oil.
  7. Once again UncleRon's logical approach has worked. I would not have figured that one out. Thanks also to Tallcakes, Windwalker, bobby725, and all of you who looked in.
  8. I see where you're coming from UncleRon but this seems to be a bit outside what this company made. The rivets which are still in place are so short I think they were attached to leather rather than an...
  9. I think it might be a coopers plane. Rather than move the plane over the work, this plane is held upside down by legs inserted into the round holes. The cooper then moves the work along the plane.
  10. Thank you Onedtent, that's nailed it.
  11. Thanks for the comments Caperkid and Onedtent. Still hoping someone can come up with a definite answer.
  12. Could the missing j be a throw back to the time when the letter I also stood for j?
  13. Might be for marking stitching holes in leather so they can be pierced with an awl.
  14. A marking gauge for scribing lines on timber, marking mortises, etc.
  15. All becomes clear once its explained. Many thanks fhrjr2 for solving this one so quickly.
  16. Thanks for looking in and commenting.
  17. Thanks for looking in. I forgot to mention the maker's name is Syer & co. of London.
  18. Looking at the museum site again I see that signed pliers can be purchased as souvenirs.
  19. Many thanks to AnythingObscure for solving this mystery so fast. You are also correct in saying that the two parts belong together - don't know how I didn't notice that before. Something else has also...
  20. Sometimes thicker branches slide along the blades as they close rather than cutting through. Maybe the notches are to stop this by holding the branches in position.
  21. Might be for making eye-holes in belts, etc.
  22. Yes fhrjr2 this marble is used for a wide range of giftware as well as tourist items. They make everything from cuff-links and jewelry to the type of item you have.
  23. Maybe a shoemaker's rule for measuring customer's feet.
  24. Thanks again Ben, I tried Chrome and I'm back in business. Thanks also to fortapache for taking the time to comment.
  25. Many thanks for that info Ben. I can't actually remember which other browser I tried but I'll take your advice and try these.
  26. Yes but no difference.
  27. I have not been able to register a "Love it" for some time now, has anyone else had this problem?
  28. This is a tool for stretching a shoe or to keep its shape but the wooden shoe shaped part is missing from the end. The wooden part was in two halves and hinged together. As the handle was turned the t...
  29. Apparently the straight handled versions are older, the later ones had a cranked stem. The curved end was manoeuvred under the tooth so that it could be levered out. It looks like the T handle has t...
  30. Maybe a bull lead for hooking onto the nose ring?
  31. According to the "Miller's Collectables Guide" for 1991-92, page 191, this is a cork reamer for removing crumbled port corks dating to about 1870.
  32. I think Izenglish is right on the wire twister. Used to tie necks of bags etc with a length of wire with a loop at each end.
  33. The one on the left looks like a strike-a-light which would be struck off a piece of flint to make a spark for starting a fire. Not sure about the others, the spikes seem to be for hammering into tim...
  34. Known as an archimedian drill which could be used for light work or where a brace might not fit. Possibly 19th century or early 20th.
  35. Looks like a caulking chisel but not sure for what. Maybe for packing lead into joints in cast iron pipes ??
  36. Thanks for your interest and comment. It would be great to finally find out the significance of this little item.
  37. Used to make a slight bulge in the leather of a shoe to stop it rubbing on a corn or other type of foot sore. The leather was often dampened, the circular part was placed over the spot to be stretched...
  38. If you google mangling board you can see one in use.
  39. No this is the washing bat. The roller is a separate piece.
  40. Known as a mangling board or washing bat. Wet clothes were wrapped around a wooden roller and rolled back and forth with the bat to squeeze the water out.
  41. I think this item has something to do with tuning organs. If you blow in the end it should make a note.
  42. You're very welcome Stephen. By the way, the projecting pin is to protect your fingers when pressing down on a table or counter top.
  43. Sugar used to be delivered to shops in a solid cone shaped piece called a sugar loaf. This tool was for cutting lumps off the solid cone. If you wanted loose sugar you had to grind it up finer with a ...
  44. Looks more like a private collectors display rather than a shop display.
  45. UncleRon is correct, it was used for reducing tight corks of different sizes. Often used in conjunction with a corking machine to bottle beer but also for other bottles. Sometimes the corks were soake...
  46. It makes sense UncleRon, thank you. Any idea why it was made so heavy?
  47. Don't know where it came from originally, got it from another collector.
  48. Thanks for the correction, my brother noticed my mistake too.
  49. Thank you, he was quite a character.
  50. Very nice. Any makers name?
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