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No name or number.  Approx. 6" long.  5/8" stock.

Hope you can help us.
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
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?
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.)?   Perhaps the tool's letter stamping was done by a Spanish speaking employee??
Good to hear from you!  Hope all is well!
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...