You're right, it's neither one of those, and it wasn't used on animals. The
owner just sent me it's length, it's 25cm or 9.8 inches long, I haven't seen
one of these before, maybe they were only made in Europe.
'46: railroad spike extraction tool. the 'C' at the bottom grabs the
head, and the knobs are for the fork on a standard spike extraction
bar (doefoot bar) to grab. This allows leverage from the rail head,
rather than the crosstie, and allows for a grab from above on spikes
that are blocked from direct side access.
As always, posting from rec.crafts.metalworking.
1381) Hmm ... looks as though it is designed to be driven
into the top of a steel barrel or a large tin can (striking on
the projecting flat with a hammer), and then hooked into the
edge and used as a canopener to remove the lid in its entirity
by working around the full diameter of the container.
1382) This looks as though it is designed to close around the
neck of a cow or horse to control its exit from a controlled
area. Perhaps to hold a cow in place while it is milked.
The ratchets on the cross-pieces are designed to slide together
easily, but to require a bit more dexterity to unlatch it to
allow the sides to slide apart again.
1383) Perhaps designed to cut a notch around a wood dowel by closing
the pliers and then rotating them around the dowel in
preparation for breaking it at the score.
1384) This appears to be an ingot of copper, and the BNM may
represent a bank's name. Though I don't know of copper
having any monitary value other than in the US penny.
1385) No details of the inside? The chimney structure in
the lid suggests that is is perhaps for burning incense.
The colors suggest that it may at one time have had inlays
of copper in the grooves.
1386) Perhaps designed to slide up and down vertical rods in a
fireplace and lock at whatever height is desired to support
other cooking tools.
Now to see what others have guessed.
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