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Mystery Tools and Gadgets - Part 3

Visitors are invited to provide information (substantiated where possible) as to the name and purpose of items displayed here. If you can shed further light on any of the unanswered questions simply email

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Whatsit No. 60

No. 60

Can anyone identify this mystery item? The only markings are raised letters DRP which is a German registration mark. It has been suggested that it may be a tensioner of some sort but if so, for what?

Whatsit YVMPS 1

Whatsit YVMPS 2

Whatsit YVMPS 3

Whatsit YVMPS 4

No. 59

This Whatsit is courtesy of a Yarra Valley Machine Preservation Society member who is yet to identify this item.

It has a spring-loaded hinge-like mechanism but is unusual in the way it appears to be fixed to whatever it is designed to fix to. It may be one of a pair but this is uncertainrmed Wire Tool. As can be seen the tool is made from two pieces one of which is wrapped around the other allowing it to pivot from what looks like a closed position to rotating completely back on itself. Ends of one half are pointed with the other ends more rounded.

It is marked "Made in England" and has the markings "REGD No. 171159". It also has a Pat No. which is indecipherable as it has been mis-stamped so the bottom of the patent number is missing. Similarly some additional wording next to the Pat. No. is unclear.

Whatsit No 58a

Whatsit No 58b

Whatsit No 58c - markings close up

Whatsit No 58d

Whatsit No 58e

Whatsit No 58f

Whatsit No 58g

No. 58

Formed Wire Tool. As can be seen the tool is made from two pieces one of which is wrapped around the other allowing it to pivot from what looks like a closed position to rotating completely back on itself. Ends of one half are pointed with the other ends more rounded. When folded closed it is approximately 18cm in length.

It is marked "Made in England" and has the markings "REGD No. 171159". It also has a Pat No. which is indecipherable as it has been mis-stamped so the bottom of the patent number is missing. Similarly some additional wording next to the Pat. No. is unclear.

Duco

Duco closeup

No. 57

Metal tool marked DUCO 12

Member Graeme Askew believes this is a spring compressor for very early side valve engines. probably motor cycle engines.

Graeme's clue led to a post elsewhere with the image below and a comment that DUCO had an association with Brown Motorcycles. The tool below was said to be "commonly found in the toolkits supplied with 1920's flat-tankers". (Ref http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=123165.125 )

Duco tool example

 

No56 ECmark1

No56 ECmark3

No56 ECmark2

No. 56

Stamp with initials F C on either side of a crown pictorial, with VIC below the crown.

Ross Manning has supplied the following:

This was used by the Victorian Forestry Commission to mark crown property that had been authorised to be removed. In the days before the catastrophic clear felling (when we actually had sustainable forestry practices) only trees marked by commission officers could be felled and removed. Penalties for unauthorised felling and removal was high. Woe betide anyone caught removing timber without the crown stamp.

The legislation still exists for use of this stamp:

"An authorised officer may use the crown brand— (a) to mark trees as an indication that felling of those trees is approved; or (b) to indicate the release of forest produce which has been seized under the Act; or (c) to indicate that the removal of forest produce from State forest has been authorised under the Act; or (d) to indicate that a log has been graded by an authorised officer."

No55

No. 55

Marked 'Winter's Patent'. It has a plane blade mounted at the top on the slide. What is it for?

No54

No. 54

This is a stone, possibly a sharpening stone, other side is flat. Any info?

Answer: "No 54 is a slide used on  lap guitars  to play Hawaiian tunes, the neck is a lot thicker than standard ones .  The slide is held in between 2nd and 3rd finger".

"A lot of these  guitars where cheap sometimes bought from an adverts on the back of comic books".   Ross West

No53

No. 53

What is this hexagonal wheel for?

Response from John Bates from TTTG:

"I believe that No.53 is a height adjustable strap clamp for milling machine or like. You will see that the pin in the hex wheel is off centre so as you turn the wheel the height of the clamp changes. The bolt goes through the slot to a tee nut and the flat section at the opposite end sits on the item to be secured."

 

No52

No. 52

What are these pliers for?

Answer: round leather belting joining pliers. The cutting blade is missing, it can be seen where it should be held in by the two screws in the concave opening at the top. The second station cut the belt. The third section pierced the belt for the joining staple and the front section crimped the staple shut. These were usually used for sewing machine belts, etc.

No51

No. 51

What is this knife for?

It has been identified as a Groove Knife - a gardening tool for getting at weeds growing in tight spaces such as between pavers.

No50

No. 50

Multi tool. This should have a wooden handle mounted on the broken off end of the screw piece.

No49

No49b

No49c

 

No. 49

The hexagonal centre piece rotates ever so slowly in response to cranking the handle.

Possibly a gun component?

From Craig Gillingham:

"No.49 may be one of the tools used for detaching the older style two piece spark plugs. There were a couple of different makers of these, attached is the KLG version."

Craig has identified it.

Note in the middle picture, there is a larger fixed hexagon in the body of the instrument. Look at the advert for FEW adapter, inspect the two different sized hex nuts that enable the plug to be separated.

In operation, the instrument would be lowered over the top of the plug, with bottom hex engaging the larger hex of the plug. Then the internal hex would be rotated to engage the smaller hex of the plug, and winding the handle would proceed to either unscrew the top of the plug, or screw it up, depending on direction of rotation.

Thanks Craig for your help.

 

No48

No. 48

Double ended spanner marked ARAB.

What was this for?

No47

No. 47

Surveyor's folding protractor?

No46 A

No46 B

46C

No. 46

A note from Bill Davis has solved this mystery.

The item is a spring winder. It is used to wind various sized springs from straight wire.

The brass star wheel rotates into various positions.

Bottom image is from the website link below - describes making replacement springs for a 3 jaw brace chuck.

http://www.georgesbasement.com/mfno2typestudy/MakingChuckSprings/MakingChuckSprings.htm

No45

No. 45

Looks to be a component of some gadget.

No44

No. 44

Possibly a holder for strap or horse reins?

No43 a

No43 b

No. 43

Lock grip type pliers with strange arrangement at the mouth - any ideas?

No42

No. 42

Looks like a stitch marker for leather work - any ideas?

Leonie Smith has provided the answer that this is a tool used for making even small holes in linen prior to crocheting an edge around the linen.

No41

No. 41

Steel carpenter's brace. It takes a tapered square bit.

Question - what is the pointed part at the back of the bit holder for?

Next Tool Sale

The next Tool Sale is on Sunday 12th November 2017 9.00 am to 12.30 pm at St Anthony's Parish Hall 164-168 Neerim Rd (corner Neerim & Grange Rds), Carnegie
Melway Ref. 68 F4 or see the map here. For more information see the Tool Sale page.

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