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Obscure tools found on the farm

  • 02-11-2018 9:33pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭ SmartinMartin


    Hey folks,
    Since the old uncle died a few years back I've been slowly going through the farm, cleaning out outbuildings and the like. Often I'd come across some article that I'd have no idea what it was for, and not being from a farming background and learning on the fly I'd ask a neighbour and usually they would know, but the odd older piece would puzzle all of us, so I decided to start this thread in the hope that people will post up photos of pieces found over the years and hopefully wise old heads on here will identify them. I'll start the ball rolling with 2 found today :

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    Looking forward to this, if it hasn't already been done!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,424 ✭✭✭ tabby aspreme


    That's a saw setting tool in the second picture, used to set the width of the teeth on a handsaw.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,597 ✭✭✭ Markcheese


    Not a clue, but I'd be interested to see what's suggested..
    Any chance you could put something next to them in the photo for size comparison.?

    Slava ukraini 🇺🇦



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,080 ✭✭✭✭ Nekarsulm


    Second photo a device for checking sheet metal thickness?


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,473 ✭✭✭ patsy_mccabe


    Ya, here's one here;
    https://www.tooltique.co.uk/shop/old-antique-saw-wrest-or-set/

    I thought it might be a device for measuring the gauge /diameter of wire.

    Is the first one a hoe for weeding?

    " And on the riverbank forgotten the river's name."



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭ Kevin Finnerty


    Ya, here's one here;
    https://www.tooltique.co.uk/shop/old-antique-saw-wrest-or-set/

    Is the first one a hoe for weeding?

    I'd have said it was an edging tool for a lawn or the like.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭ SmartinMartin


    That's a saw setting tool in the second picture, used to set the width of the teeth on a handsaw.
    Fantastic, didn't expect an answer so fast.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,879 ✭✭✭ blackbox


    The first one looks like it may be something for working with leather.

    The second is definitely a saw set. Have used one myself.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭ SmartinMartin


    I'd have said it was an edging tool for a lawn or the like.

    He was a bachelor farmer in his 90s with no gra for house or garden. This came off his work bench, where only valuable tools were used/adapted/invented. It's safe enough to say it's not a lawn edging tool. Photo with teaspoon for clarification. It's quite sharp on the outer edge, even in a rusted condition.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,150 ✭✭✭ pg633


    Is it possible he made it himself?


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,259 ✭✭✭✭ Donald Trump


    blackbox wrote: »
    The first one looks like it may be something for working with leather.




    I'd say leather is a good guess. Or even for something like skinning an animal.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,561 ✭✭✭ JJayoo


    It's a spoon


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,259 ✭✭✭✭ Donald Trump


    JJayoo wrote: »
    It's a spoon




    I wouldn't stir me tea with it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭ SmartinMartin


    pg633 wrote: »
    Is it possible he made it himself?

    Possibly, but while he was brilliant with his hands I think that looks manufactured. It is possible he picked it up somewhere and had an idea to adapt it for something else.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭ Kevin Finnerty


    I'd say leather is a good guess. Or even for something like skinning an animal.

    Id go the leather suggestion too. That rivet looks too proud to go skinning, a sheep maybe?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭ SmartinMartin


    I'd say leather is a good guess. Or even for something like skinning an animal.

    Now THAT sound plausible. Something to do with tanning maybe.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,473 ✭✭✭ patsy_mccabe


    Leather working/cutting tool?????

    https://www.ebay.ie/itm/171973608935

    " And on the riverbank forgotten the river's name."



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,865 ✭✭✭ orm0nd


    second one is for setting a saw as said

    first ?? any connection with a shop ?

    looks like a small tobacco cutter

    http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/claremuseum/acquisitions/tobacco_cutter.htm


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭ SmartinMartin


    Very close, but that looks curved. I'm thinking now it's to do with hides. Scraper/cutter? Anyway, looking forward to other photos now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭ SmartinMartin


    Great find.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,549 ✭✭✭ Say my name




  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭ Kevin Finnerty


    Great find.

    If only I still lived on the farm I'd post something up! My 78 year old father would have a fit if I went taking photos of his tool shed. And he has real old stuff in there!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭ SmartinMartin




  • Registered Users Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭ SmartinMartin


    If only I still lived on the farm I'd post something up! My 78 year old father would have a fit if I went taking photos of his tool shed. And he has real old stuff in there!

    There must be loads of old obscure outdated pieces lying about in outbuildings all over the country. It'd be nice if this thread would turn up a few of them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 169 ✭✭ Farmer Dan


    Hey folks,
    Since the old uncle died a few years back I've been slowly going through the farm, cleaning out outbuildings and the like. Often I'd come across some article that I'd have no idea what it was for, and not being from a farming background and learning on the fly I'd ask a neighbour and usually they would know, but the odd older piece would puzzle all of us, so I decided to start this thread in the hope that people will post up photos of pieces found over the years and hopefully wise old heads on here will identify them. I'll start the ball rolling with 2 found today :

    20181102-211341.jpg

    20181102-211419.jpg

    Looking forward to this, if it hasn't already been done!

    The first one is for cutting a line in leather that the stitching would be flush with the leather.
    Sort of hidden stitching.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭ SmartinMartin


    Ok, found one today that has me completely stumped. I cleaned it up a bit and it's solid brass. Lovely little piece really.

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    It's 6 1/2" long. The arms are 3 1/2". The inside of the shaft is threaded, most likely for a handle. Only one of the arms pivots, the other is solid. The flat plates at the head of the arms are deeply chequered on the inside. It looks like it's designed for gripping something. Any ideas?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,932 ✭✭✭ SmartinMartin


    The piece at the end of the moving arm also swivels (photo 4). I'm pretty sure now it's a tongs, but I'd say it's one with a specific purpose.


  • Registered Users Posts: 972 ✭✭✭ 148multi


    Ok, found one today that has me completely stumped. I cleaned it up a bit and it's solid brass. Lovely little piece really.

    20181114-000216.jpg

    20181114-000625.jpg

    20181113-235852.jpg

    20181113-235905.jpg

    20181114-000448.jpg

    It's 6 1/2" long. The arms are 3 1/2". The inside of the shaft is threaded, most likely for a handle. Only one of the arms pivots, the other is solid. The flat plates at the head of the arms are deeply chequered on the inside. It looks like it's designed for gripping something. Any ideas?

    Would it be for lighting a pipe with a coal, seen plenty of old lads doing it with a full size tongs.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,700 ✭✭✭ tricky D


    The criss-crossing looks like it is for heat/oxygen supply 'management'.

    //Fascinating thread


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,171 ✭✭✭ Hoboo


    Ok, found one today that has me completely stumped. I cleaned it up a bit and it's solid brass. Lovely little piece really.

    20181114-000216.jpg

    20181114-000625.jpg

    20181113-235852.jpg

    20181113-235905.jpg

    20181114-000448.jpg

    It's 6 1/2" long. The arms are 3 1/2". The inside of the shaft is threaded, most likely for a handle. Only one of the arms pivots, the other is solid. The flat plates at the head of the arms are deeply chequered on the inside. It looks like it's designed for gripping something. Any ideas?



    Ive a dent on each side of my head from when I was born. Would love to see if this thing matched up.


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