I reread the email that the owner sent and found this:
"I bought this tool a few years ago at a garage sale, and the seller didn't have
any idea what it was. (She was selling things that had belonged to her
grandfather, as I recall, and there were a number of locksmithing tools, among
So it looks like you nailed it.
Posting from the usenet newsgroup rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
3187) I think that this is for digging shellfish in the zone between
high tide and low tide.
3188) Looks sort of like an engine-room telegraph for commanding
speed from the bridge down to where the men are operating the
But it *could* be another elevator control leer.
3189) Does not look like it was made that way from the manufacturer.
Rather a square to drive wrench sockets has been added to a
hammer -- so someone (perhaps an elevator repairman) will have
to carry fewer tools.
3190) For chopping a multi-conductor cable to approximate length
prior to striping the jacket and connecting the wires to their
Might even be for the lead jacketed cable which came before the
plastic jacketed cables.
3191) A radius gauge -- both concave and convex radia. (The rounded end
or the scooped side.)
I see that this one is in fractional inch sizes, but rather
larger than my sets.
3192) A machinist's telescoping hole gauge. Press the two ends of
the 'T' together, and gently tighten the knob on the end, then
stick it into a bore to be gauged, loosen the knob to let the
ends snap out into contact with the walls, very slightly tighten
the knob to provide a slip fit and rock the gauge in the hole
until the ends just barely pass through the hole, and then
tighten it more. Withdraw it, and measure the length across the
ends with a micrometer and you know the bore fairly accurately.
(It take developing some feel to get good readings with this
Starrett, Brown & Sharpe, and others have made these -- in sets
to cover a range of from perhaps 1/2" up to perhaps 4" or so.
Now to post my suggestions and see what others have suggested.
More comments below, but ... :-)
Only a guess -- in part from the machinst's scale below it, and
the nicely knurled knob at the right. I think that it is a tool
intended to deburr the far side of a hole. You squeeze the tips together
to fit through the hole, push it through, and when the tips spring open
on the far side, pull it back slightly and rotate to clean off the burrs
from the original drilling.
Presumably a survivalist's fire starter.
No clue -- other than that it looks perhaps Asian in style.
Maybe for burning incense?
I actually prefer the supplemental questions to be separate
from the puzzle ones.
On 2014-05-22, Lloyd E. Sponenburgh <lloydspinsidemindspring.com> wrote:
[ ... ]
"Here" is somewhat variable. Remember, these are cross-posted
and only in the second of those does the "here" fit with a group who
would recognize that tool.
*This* is why I always specify which newgroup I am posting from,
to sort of get an idea how the answers match with the newsgroups. :-)
It's possible this is english or french. The fellow wearing the phrygian cap
(representing a french revolutionist circa 1800) is being choked by a brit
wearing a tri-corner cap. As for its purpose? possibly for holding ink.
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