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This wrench is 8 inches in overall length with a 1 5/8 inch opening. It has "ESR. Co." stamped into the handle and PC. NO. 23324 cast or forged into handle in raised letters/numbers. Thickness is 1/4" and the handle is 1 3/8" at it's widest point. The "teeth" are rather fine as can be seen in the photos.

Can anyone identify the manufacturer and/or the purpose of this tool ?
11/15/2015 Kirk
ESR Co might be Empire State Railroad. At least this guy thinks so.
Area C, Board 159, #14 - This set of pliers is marked 'Boker USA' and has curved, fine tooth serrated jaws.  These pliers are about 9 inches in overall length and appear to be nickel plated. We have them listed as 'special pliers-aircraft'.  We think they are specialized tools for aircraft repair.

Does anyone know what these pliers were designed to do?
11/2/2015 Dan
Your Boker pliers I believe were to remove or rotate the V-8 flathead rod bearings which were shared by two adjacent connecting rods. Adjustment was needed in pliers for the various rod diameter dimensions, that is V8 60 hp, 85hp, and 95hp
11/2/2015 Bob
Google "Utica 527" and you will have your answer...this is known as a Cannon Plug Pliers
Area C, Board 159, #10 and #11 - Two styles of pliers with similar jaws that are welded onto standard design Pliers.

One looks like a factory mfg. tool with uniform plating after welding.

The other pair may have been user-made from standard pliers and has the marking U or J.10.0 in vertical orientation inside of one handle.

This set may not have been plated after welding.

Both sets of pliers are about 10" in overall length and have the same unusual jaws, (see close-up view).

The tips of the jaws span about 3/4" on one set and 1" on the other. Does anyone know what these pliers were designed to do?

(We think they are specialized tools for aircraft repair.)
10/15/2015 Jerry
I spent a few years in R&D. Many tools start out in the rough stage to perfect. After it is perfected, which may include a variation in angle or length are made it will be modified for everyday use.. There must have been a large demand for the tool to be manufactured. The designe is to hold the same object in two directions.
Kraeuter USA Pliers #1451- 6 1/2", with rounded smooth jaws and the letter "S" stamped on the pivot pin. We are unable to find a description in our catalogs.

Does anyone know what these pliers were designed to do?
10/1/2015 Norman
Looks like  Burner Pliers. Page 134 Town-Country Old Tools. Jack P. Wood Publisher L-Books, p.o.Box 69, Gas City, In. 46933
This may be a stand alone tool or a part of an assembly. It is 16" long with a threaded area of about 6" and the handle is 3" wide. The point is about 1 1/2" wide and 2 1/8th " long.

Does anyone recognize it ?
9/15/2015 Greg
The arrow shaped tool is part of a shoe stretcher, obviously missing the toe end.  I could not find an appropriate pic, but there are plenty of pics on-line of the complete tool to get the idea.
9/15/2015 Jerry
This is part of a Shoe Stretcher. There should be two wooden pieces attached to each side. As the tool is rotated the wooden pieces would widen or become narrow and that would stretch the shoe.
9/15/2015 Kelly
It looks like part of a shoe stretcher.
10/25/2015 Bob
Sure looks a lot like whats left of a "damper" but at 16" long...gotta be industrial grade.
Section M1, Board 13, #58: This unusual spanner is about 6" overall and has an opening to fit about a 2 1/8" diameter.  We are unable to find any markings of any kind.  The short handle suggests that it didn't require very much leverage to do it's job.

Any ideas out there?

Positively Identified
7/1/2015 Ed
Valve or shaft packing nut wrench. Looks like it’s designed to mate with a castellated nut. Any other thoughts?
7/1/2015 Norman
Looks to me like a spanner wrench used in tightening fire hoses together, or attaching the nozzle to the hose.
7/2/2015 Gene
A modern tool very similar to this is used to unscrew and reattach canisters which hold water filters. The canisters have rectangular protrusions which are gripped by the prongs on the tool. Hold the tool one way to unscrew; upside down to reattach. Possible use beside plumbing industry could be early auto gas filters.
10/25/2015 Bob
A type of spline wrench?
Mystery Tool: This gripper device is about 28" overall and is made from approx.
1/8" diameter round wire with a hinged area and pincher type ends.  It is clearly a factory made tool and a guess by one of our docents is that because of it's lightweight construction, it possibly could have been used with a wick or match, to light gas street lamps or candles mounted way up high.

Does anyone have any other ideas or documentation?
9/17/2015 Jerry
May be part of a fireplace set, if so, this tool may have been know as a "Pipe Ember Tong" used to hold small pieces of coal to light a smoking pipe.

Near Section N-1, Board MT-6.  This wrench is 7 1/4" long 1 1/4" wide.  The cross-shaped box ends measure 11/16 and 13/16".  The handle is about 1/8" thick and about 1/2" wide.  The number 4B-7617 plus possibly additional illegible numbers.  The other side of the handle says Armstrong P.A. and Made in USA but, you can't see this in the photo.

Can anyone out there identify it?

Near Section K-5, Board MT-4.  This wrench is 13 3/8" long and the box ends are stepped so they will fit four different sizes, 1 3/8", 1 1/2", 7/8" and 1 1/8".  There are also two square openings that measure 1/2"and 7/16" and the name; "Burke Hi-Tensile" is embossed in the handle as shown in the photo.

Can you help us Identify it?

Positively Identified
6/15/2015 Kirk
Burke Hi Tensile is a brand of a concrete anchor.  May be used to set the anchors in the drilled hole.  Could not find any info on using the wrench.
Area M3, Board 24, Item 20:  This special box / open end wrench is 4" long and incorporates a holder tab on the 7/8" hex end. The open end measures 9/16". There is no name or number on this tool.

Can you help us identify it?
5/5/2015 Richard
Maybe marine, to hold the prop nut...just a wag
Area M3, Board 24, Item 24:  This special purpose tool may have a 1906 patent number but, it is very difficult to read. It is 10 3/4" long and 1 1/16" at its widest point.

Does anyone know its purpose ?
4/20/2015 Kirk
I don't think this is a tool.  Looks like part of a tilt away mechanism, maybe a shelf or a laundry drying rack.  The open slot behind the jaw looks like a shape to pivot up, then latch on the horizontal position.  Can't get a good guess on the patent number.  Have you tried rubbing it to see if any letters become clearer?
Area M2, Board 32, Item 30:  This wrench is 5" long and has a short hex attached to each end in sizes 1/2" and 3/8". There is no name or number on this tool.

Does this look familiar?
4/10/2015 Dan
Hi, I think the unknown tool TLC0089 is an aviation specialty wrench from the 1930's. Do not know what aircraft though.
Area L3, Board 34, Item 7:  This wrench is 9 1/2" long and the box ends will fit four different sizes, 1 1/16", 7/8",11/16" and 5/8".  There is no name or number on this tool.

Can you help us Identify it?
3/15/2015 Dan
Your featured wrench is a double sided battery wrench for use on the post clamps.
3/15/2015 Norman
Tools shown looks like a set of box wrenches that came in the tool box cars were Equipped with before 1925 or so.
No name or number. 14 " high. Not sure if it is classified as a tool.

Please give us your opinion.
3/3/2015 Mark
TLC0087 is a wheelamatic streering wheel holder used during alighnments.
3/3/2015 Dan
Your tool  TLC0087 is an incomplete steering wheel holder for when doing wheel alignments. There is a pad which bolts to bottom and would rest against top of driver's seat and arms of top of tool would be forced against steering wheel to prevent it from turning.
3/3/2015 Lewis
Looks like a pegboard hook from which merchandise is hung . Price would be displayed at threaded end . No name or # is consistent with those hooks.
3/4/2015 Tom
A pegboard hook of some kind???
3/4/2015 Floyd
This is not a wrench persay. It was connected to the bottom of the steering wheel by the bent arms. Then the shaft was released by the friction lever allowing tension on the brake pedal for self bleeding brakes, testing brake lights and anything dealing with steering wheel.brake pedal and clutch pedal if done safely.
No name or number.  Approx. 6" long.  5/8" stock.

Hope you can help us.

Positively Identified
02/18/2015 Ed
Home-made tool from a chisel.
02/19/2015 Tom
This odd tool reminds of the plumber's hand beader used for "turning over the ends of boiler flues so as to make a tight joint between the flues and the flue sheet while making them act as lengthwise stays." (Illustrated in the Smith-Winchester Hardware Catalog, Jackson Michigan, No. 20, in 1938, page 244)

Area L-2, Board 42, Item 24.   G. Rischmuller.   PAT Aug 21 - 1894.   10 1/2" long, 2 1/8" round head.   2 holes are 5/10" & 1 1/2" apart.

Hope you can help.

02/02/2015 Kirk
George Rischmuller's 1894 patent is for a door opening system.  US 524810 A.  This could be piece B, the foot lever, which is shown curved in the patent drawing.  No other patents that year, others have many small pieces could be anything.
02/03/2015 Les
Mr. Rischmuller was issued 2 patents on August 21, 1894. Patent 524,810 and Patent 524,769. Both patents are related to remote door opening devices that are operated by cable type mechanisms. Perhaps this is a lever arm operator for one of those patents.
02/08/2015 Ken
I am probably far off on this tool but it sure does look like a tool that twists two line wires.  I do have a problem with the question as to :  How do you remove the tool from the wires???  These old tool are always a subject of much interest to me
09/14/2015 Jeffrey
Regarding TLC0085, I have two almost complete mechanisms. This is the hand lever which attaches to a mounting plate/lever inside the wall at the top of the stairs, which in turn moves the cable actuated mechanism at the bottom of the stairs...which ultimately pulls on a door mounted plate to open the door
No name or #'s. 6 1/2" long, very well made.

Hope you can tell us something about it.

Area B, Board 47, Item 20 - This old open end wrench has "J. B. Iverson" on both sides. The good end has a 1" opening and it is 11" long.

Hope you can tell us something about this old dude.


This tool has a “W” and what looks like “087” on its handle.
The hex opening is 2 1/4”.
The Round Hole is 1 9/16” and the tool is 11 1/2” long.

Hope you can help us ID this tool.

12/16/2014 Dan
I have seen this type wrench described as being for adjusting Timken bearings. Do not know the purpose of the slot.

Chisel 8" long, 2/4 stock. Has "1600" over "400" and "Water" over "draw."

Hope you can tell us for sure what this means.

We think it is a code for heat treating.

12/1/2014 James
The numbers are for the quench and draw temperatures. Heat to 1600 and quench. Then heat to 400 to draw.They used water, not oil for the quench and draw.
12/1/2014 Dan
The info on your punch means bring furnace temperature to 1600 degrees and quench in water. Draw back punch at 400 degrees to temper and draw back hardness.

Located in Area B, Board 47, Item 114.

Open End with 3/8” female Ratchet.  7” long.

“Ohio” on one side, “A” on the other.

Could this be for Ohio Car, built 1908 - 1918?

Hope you can help us make a positive I.D.

This tool is on display in Area H-2, Board 79, #9.  It is 20 1/2" long, with a 3 3/8" box opening.  There are no numbers or names listed on the tool.

Can anyone help?

Positively Identified
11/1/2014 Ed
Rudge nut wrench for removing wire or spoke wheels on early cars.
11/1/2014 Verlyn
I have this very same tool, (TLC0079) Did not know what it was. We thought it was a fire Hydrant tool.
"M N & J", or might be "M N 8 J". Area B, Board 41, # 110. 12" long.
We have it listed as Railroad Special Tool. Not sure, hope you can help. 
DRG - Denver Rio Grande RR - Approx 20" long --
openings 7/8, 1 1/2 --- 1 7/8,  2 7/8

Can you tell us what it was usd for. 
10/6/2014 Ken
I puzzle over the punctuation (periods) and letter order stamped on the tool.  The railroad's  name was: Denver and Rio Grande Railroad.
Why (D.R. & G.)?
10/6/2014 Floyd
Any railroader worth his salt knows that is a brake adjusting wrench.the three large openings fit the turnbuckle hexes and the small opening would help straighten bent bracing.hope this helps.

Tool # 12184-01 might be a ‘Montgomery Ward’ logo stamped on it.
It is a 14" long - Box End Wrench - one end is 2 3/4", the other is 3".

Can anyone tell us what it was used for.

9/15/2014 Bob
Simply a SWAG...A plumbing tool/wrench...