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Antique & Collectable Hand Tool Market

The HTPAA is not able to hold its Antique & Collectable Tool Market in the regular indoor venue due to COVID restrictions.

We have arranged to have an outdoor market on Sunday 21st March at the National Steam Centre, 1200 Ferntree Gully Rd, Scoresby. (Eastlink Freeway adjoins the Steam Centre).

This is the venue where the HTPAA hold displays during the Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club's annual Steamfest held on the March long weekend.

The Tool Market will be on a lawned area and will will run from 9am to 2.30pm.

Entry will be $5 per person.

Please see the flyer for further details including contacts and a map of the general location.

Mystery Tools and Gadgets - Part 4

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

Click on any of the images below to see a larger version.

Whatsit No. 61 - handle on

Whatsit No. 61 - handle off

No. 61

This Whatsit is thought to be a clamp or press or at least part of one. It is assumed the lugs fit into something else though why there are 4 lugs isn't obvious.


Whatsit YVMPS 1

Whatsit YVMPS 2

No. 62

This Whatsit is from the master of unusual objects Russell Sebire who brought it along to the HTPAA display at the Draught Horse & YesterYear Festival at Mont De Lancey. Russell usually knows his odd things but this one has defied him. If you can identify it for us that would enable us to have one over russell for a change!