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Forum topic by willhime posted 12-20-2015 09:26 PM 738 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2015 09:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: anvil leather metal hole punch question trick

I was wondering if anyone has some sort of input on what exactly this might have been used for..
I picked it up at an estate sale on the logic “wow. That looks cool. ” The thing is though, I love old hand tools and accessories, but instead of just collecting them or displaying them, I like to use them for their original purpose. So for the small random metal work I have to do sometimes,

I figured this would be perfect, but am unsure of what’s going on with the lever part. My best guess is a hole punch, but would that only be for leather, or thin metal, or something else? And thinking it might be multipurpose, are there interchangeable parts so I could alter the use of the lever several ways?

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#1 posted 12-20-2015 10:26 PM

It’s a riveting machine—google “harness riveting machine” for more info

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#2 posted 12-20-2015 10:51 PM

E.C. Stearns made custom castings and other stuff, so it was probably commissioned by someone and not marketed directly by them..

Here is a brief history of the company over at the VM site
And here is a wikipedia entry

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 12-21-2015 12:12 AM

My Dad had one of those. Indeed it it is a rivet setter. He used horses and mules on the farm and was always repairing pieces of harness. Brings back wonderful memory’s. Thanks for asking.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#4 posted 12-21-2015 12:29 AM

I have a riveter like that, but without the little anvil horn. Nice piece!

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#5 posted 12-21-2015 01:03 AM

Here it is in a reprint from the 1924 E. C. Stearns catalog.

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#6 posted 12-21-2015 06:09 AM

Third rail—if you don’t mind my asking, how did you come by your Stearns catalog reprint?

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#7 posted 12-21-2015 01:38 PM

Jonny7-
It was reprinted by Rodger K Smith in 1977 – 53 years after originally issued. Now it has been 38 years since the reprint. I see there is a used copy on ABE at http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?kn=a.e.+stearns+tools&sts=t

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#8 posted 12-21-2015 03:27 PM

Thanks TR

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