Thanks for the informative posts. The answers I have so far are given below
This tool is metal. It produces a hole approximately 1/8 inch in diameter.
There is a slide to close or open to fill or empty the storage compartment.
The spring is a compression spring and requires approximately three pounds
of force. I have obscured the Patent Number and the stamped name on the to
ol as it would be too easy with them shown.
This is a VINTAGE McGILL UTILITY PUNCH PATENT # 1641521
RAILROAD CONDUCTOR TICKET PUNCHER w/Box like the one pictured here:
This tool is metal and it is approximately twelve inches long. The pinching
ends are shaped like small spoons. When closed, there is still some abilit
y to apply additional pressure but it is not too great as the handles have
some give and there is no mechanical advantage.
This is likely a forceps. It looks a lot like the antique Urology Foceps he
but it lacks the barbs and is not of good quality stainless steel or nickel
It may be a pair of chemistry forceps.
This tool is metal with red rubber/plastic on the handles. It has a latch t
o keep it closed when not in use. An expansion spring inside one of the han
dles forces it back to the open position if not latched. It only requires a
couple of pounds of force on the ends of the handles to oppose this spring
. As can be seen, there are three pivot points. I find it a well-designed t
ool for its use. There is a tool name and manufacturer printed on the inner
side of one handle.
This is a Diamond Brand Compound Cutter (Offset left-cut aviation shears).
A different brand is pictured here
The preserved parts of this tool are iron and are approximately four feet l
ong. It was not well taken care of before I got it and a wooden piece that
fit through the hole had rotted away. It looked to have been a smooth round
pole about three feet long with a diameter to match the hole.
This tool is an Auger/Post Hole Digger.
One poster noted it would be good for clayey soil.