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Forum topic by PaddyH posted 06-12-2018 05:10 PM 806 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PaddyH

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06-12-2018 05:10 PM

Hi, I have just purchased this off Ebay, the seller has asked me what the tool is, any ideas?
I wondered if it was for split nuts and square nuts so I purchased it to try on some of my saws and old homemade saws with square nuts.


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BlasterStumps

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#1 posted 06-12-2018 05:27 PM

I would guess a wire or string twisting tool.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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Loren

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#2 posted 06-12-2018 06:42 PM

The maker was known to make shoemaking
tools.

I’ve done some cobbling but I’m hardly familiar
with all the traditional tools.

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#3 posted 06-12-2018 07:48 PM

Since the mention of cobbling, foot for some type of sewing machine maybe?

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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PaddyH

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#4 posted 06-12-2018 07:57 PM

Thanks for the replies, it could be anything. I am aware that they made leather-working tools, they probably made all kinds of trade tools. My wife just brought me some of her old pinking sheers to sharpen, looking at my wifes scissors made me wonder if this is for scissor maintenance. Some of her tailors sheers have a split nut on one side, the other side has various shapes, some of them are square. Once it arrives I will see if it fits any of her old sheers.

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#5 posted 06-13-2018 04:57 PM

It looks like a pickle bar (used for prying out ball joints on a vehicle, or the like) in combination with a square wrench! It’s a specialty tool it looks like. I really do not know what it is!

-- Pete

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JADobson

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#6 posted 06-13-2018 05:08 PM

I highly doubt that it is for split nuts. The cranked handle would make no sense at all.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#7 posted 06-13-2018 05:46 PM

Soooo neither you nor the seller know what this is? Either they’re great at selling stuff or you’ll buy anything ;-)

Just razzin’ ya. If it was cheap enough, I’d have bought it too!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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PaddyH

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#8 posted 06-13-2018 07:01 PM

Hi, I have probably found out what it is. An Antique Early 19th Century Hand Wrought Fireman’s Bed Wrench on ebay.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Antique-Early-19th-Century-Hand-Wrought-Firemans-Bed-Wrench/302732076017?hash=item467c3ce3f1:g:ZMQAAOSw1Bxa5h1l

http://www.countrybed.com/hardware/antique-bed-wrench.shtml

It is for a type of slotted bolt.
http://www.countrybed.com/hardware/antique_bed_hdwr.shtml#screwcap

Thanks for the replies, I will clean it up, probably never use it though.

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PaddyH

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#9 posted 06-13-2018 07:05 PM

It was £1 plus £3 postage in the UK converted to $5.34.
A cup of coffee here is £3, so relatively cheap.

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