On 5 Oct 2004 15:49:23 GMT, Bruce Barnett
No. but what's "ancient" ?
Given a quick look, I (and most others with an interest) can quite
easily date a lather from about 1890 onwards, just by looking. There
were a whole range of innovations, both in features to be used, and in
techniques for how lathes were made.
If you have any interest in the history of engineering or machine
tools, find a copy of LTC Rolt's classic "Tools for the Job".
I've seen #147 at rural auctions numerous times, and it has always
been described as a tool to use on heavy chains to "un-kink" or
straighten stubborn chain links. The two pointy finger-like
extensions are supposedly placed over the holes in the adjacent kinked
chain links and the tool's flat surface (the base the tool is standing
on in your photo) is hit with a hammer, the blow forcing the links to
straighten. Never used one or saw one in action, but enough
auctioneers have described the item's use as above, that I tend to