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TLC0071  
    Here's a tool from one of our TLC Members!

   An open ended wrench, 8 1/2" long, both odd shaped openings are a loose 7/8", 45 degree offset, with a rounded webbing about 1/16 thick on one side of each jaw.  The webbing reduces to opening to about 3/4". Possibly to prevent slippage off a square nut working blind?  Only marking is the raised 1-12.  Found in an excavation in Boston Commons, obviously buried for a long time.  Trolley lines ran nearby in olden days, and of course, there must be underground services in the area.

Any assistance would be appreciated.
 
 
TLC0070  
   Here's a tool from one of our TLC Members!

   Greetings; I just spoke with a gentleman at your location and explained that our Facebook group "Cast Iron Cooking" has been trying to figure out what on earth this tool could possibly have been used for. 400 answers later and we're no better off than when we began. I'd be so grateful if you could help.

   Please Note: there are no markings of any kind on this tool.
4/1/2014 Jack
It would work great for killing fryers!!!
4/2/2014 Kenny
I wonder if this tool is used for cooking clams or any shell food for that matter. The tongs would be used to pick the clams out of the boiler and the pliers/blade would be used to crack open the shells.  Just an idea.  Love your site. Look forward to seeing the different and sometimes strange looking tools.
 
TLC0069  
A cast multifunction tool made by Moore & Kling Inc. from Boston Mass.  This tool is 11 inch's long and 6.5 inch's wide.

Can any one share more information on this tool?
3/3/2013 Ed
I don’t know, but the tool is forged, not cast. A cast tool would not have enough strength.
3/5/2014 Ken
Could it be something used to twist barbed wire for corner posts, etc?
 
TLC0068  

A cast multifunction tool made by Moore & Kling Inc. from Boston Mass.

Can anyone share more information?

2/16/2014 Don
TLC0068 is an universal barrel bung wrench.
2/17/2014 Kirk
TLC0068 looks like a tool used to open machine cabinets in an industrial setting.  Seeing as Moore and Kling was in the petroleum business, makes sense it might have been something at a gas station or fuel depot.  The odd shapes were to keep unauthorized people from opening them.  You will see similar tools now, with small squares, triangles etc
 
TLC0067  

This is a hand made multipurpose tool, we have two of these that are almost identical, so they must of had a special purpose.  This tool is 10.5 inch's long. The hook portion is concave on the inside of the curve, and the pointed end below the hook is shaped like a knife blade, and the other end is a scraper.

Can anyone share more information?

2/17/2014 Tom
I think this tool might be a hoof cleaner (snow nocker)??
 
TLC0066  
This combination wrench is 9 1/4" long.  Both the open and box ends are 1" opening.  The numbers 6713 on the handle are the only marks on the tool.

Can anyone share more information on this tool? 
 
 
TLC0065  
This tool is made of two pieces of flat stock 5/8" wide and 12" inches long.

There are no identifications marks on this tool.

Can anyone share any information on this tool. 
1/19/2014 Dan M.
 Believe your TLC0065 tool was for gripping or collapsing expandable bushings as used in some Ford T axles or driveshaft. Missing from the tool is a chain whose links could lock into the tooth end of the tool jaws. Chain gave the ability to fit various sizes by adjusting a link up or down on the jaw. Squeezing the plier ends compressed the chain.
 
TLC0064  

Here is a special open end wrench with 9/16 openings at each end.   This tool might have been made for a special job.  This tool is 8 inches long and has DF DD57 cast into the handle.

Can anyone share any information?

12/15/2013 Ken
Wished I could be of help.  Only a guess.....If the size of the openings are the same on each end, it would suggest to me that it was used for a nut that was impossible to make a full turn to tighten or remove.  If you find out..... I sure would like to know. Ha!  Happy Holidays to all.
 
TLC0063  

We have several tools of this kind.  They have different lengths and width's.  Some with carbide tips.

Can anyone tell us what these tools were used for?

 
TLC0062  

This tool is made ½” diameter round stock.
One end is knurled and the other end is cut 1/16” x 2 ½” and spread open 3/8”.  The overall length of the tool is 7 ½”.

Can anyone share any information on this tool? 

Positively Identified

11/01/2013 Floyd
TLC0062 is a driver to remove a certain type of gasoline engine valve guide.
11/01/2013 Dan M.
TLC062 is a common tool used to remove axle spindle bushings on Model T Fords. A bushing exists at each end top and bottom of spindle. The tool is compressed and inserted through top portion to remove bushing at lower end and then tool is flipped around to remove opposite side bushing.
11/02/2013 Dan C.
Hi, looks like you already got two replies on the 062 tool; second one was correct, to drive out Model T Ford axle spindle bushings.
 
TLC0061  

Screw Driver type tool with a slot cut in the tip.
We have a few tools of this type and wonder what they were made for.

Can you share any information?
 

Positively Identified

11/01/2013 Floyd
TLC
0061 may have two purposes (1) may be used as a valve grinder if the valve had the two holes in it or some old guns had screws with slots and pin holes in them.
12/13/2013 Mr. Astrada
This is a staple puller used in upholstery
 
TLC0060  

A pliers type tool.  8 ½” long.  The jaw’s are unique and for a special purpose.  Around the Axis Pin the numbers 9801 are stamped also.

Can anyone share any info on this tool?

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10/17/2013 Kirk
Animal Ear Marker?
 
TLC0059  
This tool is 12 inches long and made of cast iron.  The round hole is ¾” diameter and is threaded with a fine thread.  The wrench has two hexagon openings. One at 1 ½” and one at 1 ¼”.  This tool was manufactured by Chicago Spec. Mfg. Co. Chicago, Ill.  It also has “P” in a circle on it.

Can anyone share any information on this tool?
10/01/2013 Floyd
Your TLC0059 wrench was used to remove front wheel axle nuts and the die threads were used to clean up the rolled threads.
 
 
TLC0058  
 Here is another cast iron open end wrench with round jaws with an opening of 5/8 of an inch.  The wrench is 5 inches long. There is a 10 cast on one side of the handle.

Can anyone share any information on this tool?
 
 
TLC0057  

This tool is a cast iron open end wrench with round jaws that have a 1 7/8" opening. " A-1001" is stamped on the handle.  It is 10 3/4" long.

 Can anyone share any information on this tool?

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TLC0056  
This cast iron wrench is 9 ½” long and is open on both ends.
One end was an opening of 2 7/8” and the other end has an opening of 1 3/8”.
The words Fairmont Clive are cast into the handle.

Can anyone share any information on this tool? 
9/3/2013 Ed
The wrench appears to be forged
9/3/2013 Cal
For starts the internet refers a Fairmount Cleve.  http://home.comcast.net/~alloy-artifacts/fairmount-tool-forging.html
 
This company produced a similar wrench in different dimensions that was used as a hub wrench.  The critical difference besides dimensions was the one example pictured has a box end instead of open end in the larger size.  The above link has a bit of history and the history of buy outs etc. 
Also, this link notes it war and prewar production of tools for the government.  http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=57368  Maybe only the government would come up with a wrench with those dimensions.   The following link has a nice paragraph on early history that would seem to jell nicely with the idea that the picture wrench was a hub wrench.  Now just identify the horseless carriage with the right dimensions.   http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/archive/index.php/t-18007.html
 
My very limited exposure to old wrenches suggests that in the early years in addition to the “standard” set of tools that came out with every car the car manufacturer has special tools like hub wrenches that were also manufactured for specific vehicles.   Today you can still find special tools made my major Auto or Truck manufacturers that are designed to make rebuilding of components a practical option.  One example is that Ford made, at one time, a set of specialty tools for rebuilding their rack and pinion steering units.  Unfortunately or fortunately, it soon became more practical to buy a new or rebuilt unit than rebuild the old unit.  
 
Personally, I think the “hay day” of the purpose made wrench was in prewar and war years.  I have an old box end wrench (really a socket wrench) that I pulled from the sands near where an old oil well was located.  The field was opened in the 1920’s when they used huge, multi ton, cast iron pumping units.   That wrench is box end or socket and the socket is 3 inches deep designed for a 8 pointed nut or bolt that was 4 3/4 inches across.  The handle is offset and tapered to apparently fit whatever “cheater” pipe they had available or was needed.with a taper handle.   The overall length of the wrench is only 17 inches.
9/3/2013 Bob
Your wrench is similar to the EMF auto wrench put out by Everitt Metzger Flanders in the years 1909 -12.  The closed end was used to remove wheel hubcaps. The open end may have been used to remove wheel nuts and/or gas caps.  Fairmount made lots of wrenches for automobile applications.  I think its fairly obvious they saw an aftermarket for this wrench. Best regards, Bob
9/3/2013 Ken
I don't have a clue.   The strange part about the wrench is that it is so very short  and would not apply much leverage to a required tight fitting nut of that size on a bolt. It  makes more sense that it was used to only thread a nut until it reached a point that required  much more leverage (much longer wrench) to secure the nut.?????  I really enjoy trying to figure out how such tools were used!  My best wishes to all.
9/5/2013 Kirk
I suspect the big wrench below tlc0056 is actually a Fairmount Cleve emboss, which takes you here
http://home.comcast.net/~alloy-artifacts/fairmount-tool-forging.html
Where the one they have looking very similar is listed as an axle hub wrench.
 
TLC0055  
This tool is made of cast Iron and is 18" long.  The distance between the jaws is 2 1/8".  The handle has a 5/8" open end.  There are no I.D. marks on this tool.

Can anyone share any information?
 
 
TLC0054  
This tool is 7" long has a 5/8” hex socket on one end and a 5/8" open end on the other. There are no ID marks on this tool.

Can anyone tell us what this tool was made for?
8/3/2013 Ed
Chain Saw Wrench. I had a similar one.
8/4/2013 Mark M.
Aircooled VW
 
TLC0053  
    This tool is made from three pieces of wood, three hinges and a handle. It is 10 ¾” long and 3 ¾” wide.

Can anyone share some information on this tool?

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TLC0052  
This tool is a multi purpose tool made by Thompson MFG. of Meadville PA. The tool is a stamped out pliers type tool that is 91/2” long.  One handle has a screw driver on the end, and on the other is a 9/16 open end wrench.

Can anyone identify this tool? 
7/1/2013 "Bus"
The March 2012 issue of the "Missouri Valley Wrench Club Newsletter" shows an ad from the September 28, 1922 issue of "Motor Age" magazine for this tool. It's called a "Pelican Pliers" and it is a battery terminal pliers. the plier type end pries the clamp off the post, the open end wrench fits the clamping nut and the screwdriver end can be used to spread the clamp.
 
TLC0051  
This photo was sent to us from our website. The owner states; "Can you tell me what this tool is, or any information on it? I am thinking it is a kitchen tool, probably late 1800's or early 1900's.

The photo was sent to the docents and they stated; "We do not know a thing about it and can’t find anymore info. It is an interesting one and needs to be placed on the TLC website right away.

So here it is. Can anyone help?