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01-20-2012 07:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tools unknown question

We received this tool at the Cherokee County Historical Museum and have no clue what it is. Does anyone know what it is and what it may have been used for?

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#1 posted 01-20-2012 07:47 PM

Can you give approximate size, and maybe a photo from another angle? It looks like the working end is away from us. Is that some kind of hinge mechanism on the far end?

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#2 posted 01-20-2012 08:06 PM

It is either a tooth extractor or a fish hook remover…..

actually I don’t have a clue what it is

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#3 posted 01-20-2012 08:10 PM

I would venture a guess that it’s some sort of specialized bench dog, a sort of a clamp that works in a hole in the wood working bench.
I am probably wrong, but it was worth a shot. what do I win?

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#4 posted 01-20-2012 09:06 PM

its an antique nut cracker. They are in every antique store and flea market you walk into around here.

Edit; Something I didn’t know, you can still buy them new.

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#5 posted 01-21-2012 01:31 AM

Well it certainly does look like a nutcracker. Thank you Don W.

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#6 posted 01-21-2012 05:40 AM

Don- your knowledge base is impressive.

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#7 posted 01-21-2012 02:47 PM

yep i,m in on the nut cracker….wall nuts…


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#8 posted 01-21-2012 04:51 PM

I could be way off but here goes,

It reminds me of a levered rope cleat.

What are the dimensions of it ?


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#9 posted 01-21-2012 05:52 PM

I recall seeing something like this on the wall of my grandmother’s porch. It was used for clamping the tail of a catfish when it was being skinned. Then she’d pull off the skin with pliers and a knife. As resourceful as she was, it was probably repurposed from whatever it was originally made for, though.

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#10 posted 01-21-2012 06:42 PM

Can’t tell for sure, no size referance. Looks like part of a barbed wire fence tightener. Maybe a better picture of the jaws. Disclaimer: don’t bet too much money on my answer.

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#11 posted 01-21-2012 10:49 PM

is it lying on the floor like this ?

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#12 posted 01-21-2012 10:51 PM

It’s a cupacabra holding device.Them suckers wiggle like hell when you sand them.

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#13 posted 01-22-2012 05:36 AM

Could it possibly be a fence or wire stretcher, mounted to the board for a different use?
Just my guess.

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