I was thinking it could be a horse shoe nail trimmer thingy, but the very
narrow slot says that the nails they drive through a horses hoof would be
much thicker, so that can't right unless it is a small version for use on
My second thought is of it being something to do with squeezing or crimping
things, so could it be an early wire crimping tool? We may never find out.
Final thought here is of furniture upholstery and the likes. Could it be
used to grip the edges of leather when it's pulled taught over the furniture
framing? It's another guess that doesn't go any further. :-) LOL
When and if you do find out what it is, please don't go without telling us.
On 1/15/2005 10:27 AM US(ET), BigWallop took fingers to keys, and typed
This site is a regular feature over in rec.woodworking. You can go over
there and read the others responses.
Look for the message header "Another tool ID needed NNNN" where NNNN is
a roman numeral, currently at XXVI. The site owner apparently already
knows the answers, so it is just a game for others to play.
BTW, no one has guessed what that tool is yet.
I know what most of them are, but not all, I also don't know what #246
(antique with drawers) and #244 (the weight) are used for. I recently
changed the title of my threads at rec.woodworking from "Another tool ID
needed" to "What is it?", with roman numerals.
Can't tell for sure, but there are two possibilities that come to mind--
1. Ground "hitching rail"
2. Windmill weight
I don't really think it is a windmill weight, though, as they were
typically more elaborate. I'm not sure about the hitching rail owing to
the apparent(?) slot in the weight...what does that actually look like?
I'm not familiar with either of the two possiblities that you mentioned,
I'll have to do a little research on them. As for what the slot actually
looks like, as you can see in the second photo of this one, it's really just
a partial rim around the upper piece that has two breaks, so it looks like a
slot when assembled. One possible reason for this is to put different sized
washers over the screw to increase the weight, but that's just a guess.
That's why I asked about the slots...they would be quite unusual for a
hitching weight, but many of them were made from whatever was at hand.
I'm still inclined to think it was/is a counter-weight for some piece of
I have a pair of those hooks from when I went riding (horses) every week.
They fit into loops at the top of my riding boots, enabling me to pull them
They're boot hooks. Mine are identical, grooves and all, to the one in the
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