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Stanley
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Posted -  21/12/2004  :  15:37
Here's a mystery for you. There isn't an answer yet because I don't know what it is. Here are two pics:


It's some sort of a gauge, made by A G Parker of 69 Icknield Street, Birmingham and on the front is engraved what I believe is the owner's name; Captain J H Square of Kingsbridge. I've put one or two enquiries out and am waiting to hear from them. I think it might be something to do with Guns because I have an idea that A G Parker was one of the founders of Parker-Hale, a company that specialised in gun sights and accessories. Has anyone ever seen anything like it?


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Posted - 17/11/2011 : 05:09
Every year, Santa puts on weight and has to get new belts to go around his ever expanding tummy. Mrs. Claus has been collecting the buckles and hangs them from that bit 'o string on the fridge...to remind Santa not to snack.


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Stanley
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Posted - 17/11/2011 : 05:27
Belle has hit the nail on the head despite her complaint about 'technical'. They are all parts of the metalwork from a set of harness. I was being a bit hard on you all over the string, it's 'tackler's band', a very high quality strong twine used for connecting the healds in the loom to the motion. That's why I thought you'd recognise it Comrade. Ian was sharp to notice the discs with loops on the back. These were often engraved with the owner's initials or a fancy design but in working harness were almost always left blank. The big rings were used where a single strap joined rwo others.


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Posted - 17/11/2011 : 05:43
...so I was close then?    Wink


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Stanley
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Posted - 17/11/2011 : 06:04



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Posted - 17/11/2011 : 07:14
The two spear head  objects would be used by a builder with a string tied between them  and  wedged at either end of a row of bricks being laid to keep a straight line? The middle pincers - used by farriers for removing nails from the old shoes on a horse? Is the object next to the end on the right looking at the pic a leather punch of some sort ? Nolic


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Bodger
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Posted - 17/11/2011 : 09:30
The one on the left looks like a cobblers iron for applying "heelbow?" a sealing compound, after you had fitted a new sole, the outside split line was sealed to prevent water ingress


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Cathy
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Posted - 17/11/2011 : 09:31
I think the second from right might be to do with leather punching as well. Make corresponding holes in two pieces of leather then join (sew together) with thin leather strips (thonging)  ?  Used for handbags, wallets, folders  etc. 


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Posted - 18/11/2011 : 06:06
Nolic is right about the spear heads and getting close with the special pincers, farming but not nails. Bodge is right about the cobbler's tool, highly polished face. Also used by bookbinders to flatten down embossing after it was done.

Cathy, best answer of the lot for me because I didn't know what it was for. Your idea fits perfectly and I'll go with that one. The spikes are like square needles and the tool is beautifully made with a box joint. 

So, two to go......


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Stanley
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Posted - 20/11/2011 : 04:57
The pliers in the middle are for putting the small self-cutting pig rings in the top ridge of gristle on a pig's snout to stop it rooting. The small tool on the right is a key for tightening up the small button belt fasteners used on the loom belts in the mill.

More? Or are you getting fed up with them?


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Posted - 20/11/2011 : 08:29
Keep em coming please. Nolic


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Stanley
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Posted - 21/11/2011 : 05:45


These are the tools I was looking for when I posted the last lot. The reason I couldn't find them was because they were hanging right in front of me as I stood at the bench in the shed! Tey have four pegs on the underside which engaged with the cast iron buttons to screw them up tight. Bit like heavy duty batchelor's buttons.


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Posted - 21/11/2011 : 05:57


They look obvious but are all specialised. Exact descriptions please!


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Posted - 21/11/2011 : 10:32
The top spoon is scots, made from horn? and may be sold as a jam spoon..or a Dundee marmalade  spoon? the needle is a carpet needle desgned for sewing peices of carpet together, the stopper look like ginger beer bottle stoppers?

Edited by - belle on 21/11/2011 10:39:58 AM


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Stanley
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Posted - 22/11/2011 : 06:19
First two spot on Belle. I use the spoon for porridge, bought in Mallaig. The needle is more precisely a packing needle used for sewing up sacks and wool bales after filling. You're getting close with the stoppers but not quite there yet!


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Posted - 24/11/2011 : 03:01
Stoppers for the bottom of walking sticks? Or did you pluck them out of the bottom of someone's zimmer frame?
(though they look rather like some I have for opened wine bottles...they came with an air evacuator thingy...)
I knew the curved needle was a sack needle.
Thought that little motif on the top of the spoon was a pineapple (!) so that had me scratching my head as to it's purpose. A thistle makes more sense, though it is a very pineappley looking thistle all the same.


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