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Old 10-03-2012, 20:39   #1
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Mystery Tool - Does Anyone Know What This is For ?

Ok, a friend turned up this "tool" and I've no idea what its for. I bring it to the attention of my sailing/salty friends as its made of bronze! and the return spring (inside the handles) is zinc plated. Clearly this is made for saltwater environs.... so: what the heck is it??

The 1/2 sphere is made of hard rubber. The groove in the one jaw is to "index" /rest on something.... anyone got a clue??

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Re: Mystery tool: does anyone know what this is for??

I think you've found the elusive hodgemeister refledging tool!!
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Re: Mystery tool: does anyone know what this is for??

Looks like some early Veterinary instrument,,
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Re: Mystery tool: does anyone know what this is for??

A trap setting tool?
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Re: Mystery tool: does anyone know what this is for??

It's used to undo stubborn granny knots.
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Re: Mystery tool: does anyone know what this is for??

It is a warthog speculum
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"It's used to undo stubborn granny knots."
Tellie, I thought that was what a knife was for.
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Re: Mystery tool: does anyone know what this is for??

a church organ valve depressing tool?????
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Re: Mystery tool: does anyone know what this is for??

An adjustable ball pein hammer for a monohull. Just add lead!!!!!!!
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a church organ valve depressing tool?????
That is depressing!!!!!
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Re: Mystery tool: does anyone know what this is for??

Bronze tools are also used in mines when working with explosives as they create no sparks, but I would have no idea how this might be used in that environment.
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Re: Mystery tool: does anyone know what this is for??

Fire sprinkler pliers to stop water flow.
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Fire sprinkler pliers to stop water flow.
It does look like the Chubb and Federal tools made to shut off the flow from fire sprinkler heads.
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Re: Mystery tool: does anyone know what this is for??

You are all wrong, that's clearly a tool from the days of old steam powered boats for carrying around buckets of steam and, in latter years, to carry those heavy sound-powered phone batteries. It was also used, by some, as a pry bar when the captain lost the keys to the sea chest.
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Re: Mystery tool: does anyone know what this is for??

OoooooooooooooooooooooK!

cat man do and blue stocking have it.... I looked it up thanks to their tip and indeed its used by firemen to shut off sprinkler heads quickly so's they can get on with cleanup rescue etc.


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