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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.


  1. Almost feel sorry for the mouse.
  2. Carriage makers used a range of routers of similar from.
  3. There is something particularly appealing about wooden handles, especially awl handles.
  4. Thank you dav2no1 and to Hotairfan for the original post, I certainly wouldn't have figured that one out.
  5. One side looks much flatter than the other, maybe a hewing axe,
  6. Would agree with that, a new handle would look odd given the pitting and corrosion on the hammer head.
  7. shoemakers hammer head. The shape varied little over time so not easy to date.
  8. Thank you TallCakes.
  9. Thanks for the advice Wayne. I've looked through a few past auction catalogues without any luck but there's a lot more to go on that site.
  10. Picture added. The groove is a guide for the lower jaw. The "arm" under this jaw has a small projection which runs in the groove.
  11. I see your point dav2no1, and you could be right. That would mean the handle had to be loosened before every adjustment and tightened again after moving the round nut.
  12. Looked at the site but couldn't find this wrench.
  13. For creating a small bulge in a shoe over a sore spot such as a bunion.
  14. I particularly like the ones with wooden handles.
  15. It certainly is Hotairfan, and thanks for commenting.
  16. I agree, spoke shaves are nice tools to use and such a wide range of designs.
  17. Cooper's shave known as a "heading swift".
  18. The body of the item looks like a timber marking gauge but the toothed wheel on the end is probably for marking holes for stitching on material or leather.
  19. Possibly a brick layers hammer, the flat end for chipping off excess lumps of baked clay from new bricks.
  20. I think TallCakes is correct in suggesting a coachbuilder's plane.
  21. You're welcome hotairfan and thanks for the invitation. I'm not much of a traveler but if you are ever on my side of the Atlantic let me know and you might be able to visit me.
  22. A medical lance, possibly veterinary.
  23. Thanks fhrjr2, Dad was not a regular collector but every now and then he would see something he liked and pick it up. and had a particular liking for brass blow torches. AnythingObscure, you are righ...
  24. Thank you fhrjr2 and hotairfan for commenting. I will post some more of my father's items soon.
  25. Thank you Phonoboy.
  26. Thanks for looking in and commenting.
  27. A very cleverly designed tool called a crab laster and used by shoemakers to pull an upper onto a forming last. The jaws grip the leather at each side and draws the upper onto the last as the handle i...
  28. The notch slips over the pin when prizing the cigar box open to stop it slipping into the box and damaging the cigars. The little hammer is for hitting the pin back in to reseal the box.
  29. I don't think a safety officer would be too impressed with this level, I wouldn't like to be standing under it if it fell off a scaffold.
  30. 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 upp...
  31. I think you've nailed it dav2no1
  32. Just guessing, could it be an undertaker's embalming tool?
  33. AnythingObscure, the raw wafer material was spread over the four images and the tongs closed tight and placed in an oven or fire. When opened the cooked wafer has the impression of the image on it a...
  34. For baking communion wafers.
  35. I have one exactly the same. My best guess was that it's for metal working of some kind where it would be held inside or under the object while the outside of the metal was hammered. In other words, ...
  36. The flat blade is for cutting the paper seal around the cigar box. When levering open the box lid, the notch fits over the pin which holds it closed and this stops the blade accidentally slipping into...
  37. The scales is known as a steelyard and looks mostly complete except for the hanging weight which slides along the arm. A lot were made of iron but some were also of bronze and some had a wooden arm. ...
  38. I thought no.1 was for retrieving buckets from a well but I can see how it could be used as a meat hook too. No.4 looks like a tooth off a mowing bar. I have seen no. 3 before but just can't remember ...
  39. Thanks for the extra info.
  40. Thank you Onedtent. it's a pity this one does not have a number.
  41. Nice knife, I never saw one with the claw before. I posted two similar knives about six months ago which I have just refreshed so you can compare them.
  42. I thought I would bring up this old post of mine again because everettvh has posted a similar example.
  43. You're welcome.
  44. That's true Lou, they were also experts at sharpening their tools which made using them a lot easier.
  45. Maybe more for gathering potatoes after they have been dug and left out to dry or a stone fork or beet fork. The more you think about it the more uses come to mind. I think there's too many tines for ...
  46. Stuff, I have experimented with this pliers to see how it works. The "feet" sit flat on the sole of the last with the jaws pointing down. The edge of the leather upper is gripped in the jaws and strai...
  47. Thanks to all for looking in and to lptools and AnythingObscure for your comments. That last would have had a metal frame to turn in which I don't have but I saw one being used in a wooden box which h...
  48. Good enough for me, thanks, I'll mark it mystery solved.
  49. Thanks fhrjr2, that's a possibility but are caulking irons usually all metal, I mean all in one piece.
  50. lptools, I'm revising my last comment. Still don't think its an eyelet tool but looking closer at the pictures i can see that the spring holds the pin up rather than down so probably not for holding s...
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