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TLC0025  

These wrenches; one made of steel TLC0024, the other made of aluminum TLC0025, are identical in that they are 13 1/4 inch long with a 13/4 inch opening.  Can you help identify what these wrenches were used for?

Part number 1386D is cast into the aluminum handle on one side and BEAR on the other.

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7/23/2012 Bus
Bear wheel alignment machine wrench.
7/23/2012 Mark
Arbor nut on a bear brake lathe
7/26/2012 Ed
Yes, I now remember Bear. They were (are?) a supplier of automotive alignment systems.
http://www.dynamicdiesel.com/bear_align.html
Don’t know why they made an aluminum end wrench, however.

7/30/2012 Kenny
The first thing I thought of when I saw the two open end wrenches with the word BEAR embossed on them, was maybe they were part of the BEAR brand front end alignment equipment and tire balancers. Just about every garage years ago had BEAR equipment. Just a thought. I enjoy looking at the unusual tools and trying to figure them out. Thanks, Kenny

7/30/2012 Dan
Your Bear marked wrenchs were made and sold by Bear manufacturing for both their wheel straightener and their powered wheel balancers.   Hi Tool Lover's club. Here's the photos of the Bear wrenchs I promised and their application to Bear's wheel balancer and wheel straightener.
 
TLC0024  

These wrenches; one made of steel TLC0024, the other made of aluminum TLC0025, are identical in that they are 13 1/4 inch long with a 13/4 inch opening.  Can you help identify what these wrenches were used for?

Part number DWB-1386 is cast into the steel handle on one side and BEAR on the other.

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7/23/2012 Bus
Bear wheel alignment machine wrench.
7/23/2012 Mark
Arbor nut on a bear brake lathe
7/26/2012 Ed
Yes, I now remember Bear. They were (are?) a supplier of automotive alignment systems. http://www.dynamicdiesel.com/bear_align.html
Don’t know why they made an aluminum end wrench, however.
7/30/2012 Kenny
The first thing I thought of when I saw the two open end wrenches with the word BEAR embossed on them, was maybe they were part of the BEAR brand front end alignment equipment and tire balancers. Just about every garage years ago had BEAR equipment. Just a thought. I enjoy looking at the unusual tools and trying to figure them out. Thanks, Kenny
7/30/2012 Dan
Your Bear marked wrenchs were made and sold by Bear manufacturing for both their wheel straightener and their powered wheel balancers Hi Tool Lover's club. Here's the photos of the Bear wrenchs I promised and their application to Bear's wheel balancer and wheel straightener.
 
TLC0023  
This pliers type tool is 6 1/2 inches long, has diagonal side cutter jaws and Pommery "sec" stamped into each handle. Can anybody share more info on this tool?

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7/3/2012 Richard
I see cutters simular to this for picking oranges. The cutter allows the stem to be cut close to the fruit. Pommes is a french term associated with apples.
12/12/2012 Cliff
The "Pommery Sec" pliers are for opening champagne bottles.  The wire cutter cuts the wire holding the cork down and the pliers enclose the cork to twist out.  Pommery is the name of a town in France but also the name of a French brand of champagne. "Sec" means "dry" and so this is dry champagne rather than semi-sweet.  This brand and its dry version began to be imported into the US in about the 1880s.  I suppose your pliers were used in a restaurant, or by a wealthy family, in days gone by.
 
TLC0022  

Pliers type tool - This tool is 9 ½ inches long. Has Brooks & co. cast into fixed handle. The movable handle has a cam action that pushes down a 3/4" diameter piston and leaves a gap of 1/16" when handle is fully closed. Can you identify this tool?

6/16/2012 Bill
T
he tool looks like some kind of metal nipper ??
6/18/2012 Donn
Sorry REALLY can't "knowledgably" help!! BUT the one on the right (TLC0022) "looks" like it could be a Saw Tooth Setting Plier / Tool - for old Hand saws OR bigger circular saw blades as used in Milling lumber. Let me know what you finally come-up with!!!
 
TLC0021  

Pliers type tool - made in Germany, has Matra VW 161a stamped on it. It's 8 inches long, jaws are 3/8" wide,  Can you identify this tool?

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8/15/2012 BATM Docents
Snap ring pliers for all brands of Porsche autos
 
TLC0020  

Here’s a request from one of our TLC Members.
He first sent the photo to the Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum staff; they could not figure out what it was to be used for so it is being sent on to our TLC Members for their expert advice.

7” long when closed. 12 ½” long when opened.  It has no maker’s mark but has a Pat. Date  of June 8, 1884.  It has a pin hinge on one end that allows it to swing open.  It has a slot 3/4” long and a ½” hole in the long handle.  There are 5 teeth in the short handle.

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6/4/2012 Bus
Correct patent date is June 3, 1884. I have had one for several years and looked up the patent when I got it.
6/4/2012 Ken
Do not know what it is for certain.  The round eye handle and the differing notches on the other handle suggests  it was used in a meat market  for hanging up produce?????  I cannot determine if the end of the handle goes through the slot portion of the other ring handle???  So.....it  possibly could be something(?)  used to hang up more than one rather heavy item.
6/4/2012 James
My best guess is that it is used to secure a rope (line) to the bight of another cable or rope.
6/5/2012 Tom
I was wondering if the tool is for sale?   I think it is for a single line fence tightner or a gate latch?
 
TLC0019  

This pliers type tool is 7 1/2 inches long. It has flat smooth round jaws and  insulated handles to  absorb high temps. The name "Dixie " stamped on one handle, and a 2 stamped on the other. Can you help identify this tool?

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5/16/2012 Donn
I'm going to go 'Out-on-a-Limb' and say the tool is a somewhat modern Bullet Mold - I'll bet the 'Dixie' stands for Dixie Gun Works, who makes and sells a LOT of items for Old West and Civil War reinactor groups as well as sells many Black Powder weapons and all kinds of re-loading equipment.
5/16/2012 Richard
The tool was sold as a "blank" to make a bullet mold by Dixie Gun Works and originally was some sort of a hair curling iron that offered after they bought up the old stock.
5/16/2012 Phil
TLC0019 is a bullet mould from Dixie Gun Works
5/16/2012 James
TLC0019 is a bullet mould from Dixie Gun Works
5/16/2012 Marv
The tool with Dixie on it is a bullet mold from Dixie Gun Works.
5/17/2012 Greg
Hi, I see that others feel the Dixie pliers are a bullet mold.  However, if the jaws are smooth and flat, that can not be the answer.  I beleive it is an early beautician's tool for flattening curly hair with heat.  These could be found frequently in African-American beauty parlors.
5/18/2012 'Bud'
It is a heat sink. We sold unknown #'s of them while with Snap-On Tools in late 50's
7/8/2013 Philip
I own two of these, both of which were definitely not used for human hair curling. They have string insulated handles which are filthy and smell of lanolin. The only tool it matches, is a flat hair curler. It was never designed to be a plier action bullet mould because the hinge is too loose to hold together under pressure. It is conceivable that a bullet mould manufacturer made a hair curler. A recent ebay reference identified an example as a cauterizing castration tool. This would explain the lanolin, but not the flush fit of the tips, or the scissor handles.
10/16/2013 Eddie
dixie 3 heat sink plers
 
TLC0018  
This plires type tool is very ornate.  It's made by Garanto-Fein and is stamped "Lumberman NO.100". The handle travel is adjustable via a thumb screw stop, and the throat has a sliding stop via another thumbscrew.  The tool is 7 1/2 inches long.  Do you know what this tool was made for?

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5/16/2012 Richard
The tool is a saw set that is still being manufactured and is available in speciality hardware stores. You will see these with many different manufacturer names.
5/16/2012 Ed
TLC0018, my guess is a pair of pliers to set saw tooth offset, to create the correct kerf. The “Lumberman” name is a tipoff.
5/16/2012 Ken
Tool is a band cutting tool for stacked lumber.  It looks older, but when Meeks delivered lumber when I worked on houses, top grade studs came banded, and this sure looks close to what they cut them with.
5/18/2012 Dan
The TLC0018 is definitely a saw set, I had one of those once.
 
TLC0017
This pliers type is 13 1/2 inches long and jaws are ground out to hold something round and no more than 1/4 inch wide. It also has a piece of flat stock 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide with a half circle cut out of it on one end. This piece of flat stock can rotate 180 degrees. Can you help identify this tool?
 
TLC0016  
This type of pliers is made by Utica Tools #B269. We would appreciate any info you could share on this tool. It is 7 inches long.

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5/16/2012 Tom
TLC0016 uses the same compound mechanism (handles and frame) as the Hall patent end nippers made by Utica. 
5/17/2012 James
Jumping out at me is their #TLC0016 which is a Utica #B323 pliers thingy that my understanding is used by watch/clockmakers to bend the end of mainsprings for fastening purposes.
5/17/2012 Bob
In my collection of watch/clockmaker tools I have one of those pliers. Mine are made by Utica and show a number B323... From what I understand these are used to bend the end of mainsprings for fastening purposes. Hope this helps.
 
TLC0015  
This tool or handle has a 3/8 keyed bore 1" long at one end and is adjustable from 4 5/8 to 5 7/8 inches long, It has a wooden handle that can be placed in thee positions and locked in place with a thumb screw.

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4/19/2012 Dan
Your tool TLC0015 comes from a jack produced by Weaver Mfg. of Springfield, Il. It is a triangular shaped jack with three wheels, a wheel at each of the corners of the triangle. The handle has a length of about 3 feet and swivels up or down as to height of operator. Your pictured handle is at the end of this swivel section and when the crank handle is turned it raises two supports at the back of the jack and lifts a vehicle. The jacks  were made in two sizes. The handle was made in such a way as to collapse in length possibly for storage and extended for leverage. I can supply pictures of these jacks if desired as I own three. Dan
 
TLC0014  
This tool is 14 inches long when extended out fully, and jaws at 2 1/4 wide, no identification markings on it.

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6/18/2012 Ron
It's a concrete forms tool to tighten wires holding the forms together by twisting and pulling using the leverage foot and handles.
 
TLC0013  
This tool is 14.5" long and open side ends that have 1/4" openings.  Both ends are bent off center a few degrees and has a 48 stamped on it.  Can you identify this tool?

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4/3/2012 Ed
 Motorcycle wheel spoke wrench?
4/3/2012 Jamie
I'm guessing the tool has something to do with aluminium bending
 
TLC0012  
This tool is 6.5" long and 4.5" wide and is made of cast aluminum.  It has two 1/4" rods 7 1/2" long that are secured by screws.  Can you identify this tool?

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4/3/2012 David
TLC0012 looks like a fence that attaches to a router base.  The right side is for sliding along straight edges.  The left side is for outside curves...like the edge of a round table.
 
TLC0011  
This tool is a puzzle to us. We think it might be used for sharpening saw blades. It is 10 1/2 inches long, and 2 inches wide. A bracket holds the handle and on top of the handle is an assembly that will swivel a total of 80 degrees and slide to 7 different settings. Under this assembly, is a triangle shaped hole with a thumb screw, perhaps to hold a guide of some type. Can you help I.D. this tool?
 
TLC0010  
Multi function tool has a screwdriver end on one handle and a tack puller on the other handle of a pair of nippers. The brand name stamped on the tool is CHP A WAY. We need more info on CHP A WAY, do you have any?
3/20/2012 Ed
I believe the TLC0010 is a horse-shoeing tool. Pulls out the old nails, and the sharp edge is to prepare the hoof for the new shoe. Just sayin'.
3/21/2012 Donn
Bolt.s Folks, My 'Guess' would be a Horseshoeing tool. The "nipper" end pulls nails and loosens the shoe. The 'screwdriver' end helps to 'pry-off' the shoe.
3/21/2012 Jane
I believe it is hoof clippers. I used a pair of these to trim a horses hooves once.
4/24/2014 Robert
""tlc0010 tool is not as they identify.""  with 100% it is specifically used to remove automobile wheel bearing metal dust cover cap.
you grip the metal cap with tool,squeez and with a hammer tapping on tool to positive senk into/behind cap so as to pull out. then the straight edge is used to pry off the cap.
 
TLC0009  
Brass cast Bung wrench 5 5/8 inches long, 2 1/4 inches wide at the ears and has a 3/4 inch hexagon socket cast into it.  What size container did it fit?

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3/6/2012 Jerry
I must have been speed reading, and did not see the 3/4" hex drive.  In that case is would not be used for a 55 gallon drum.  Some cars used a lug wrench this size.  Check with your local car collectors, they may know.  It may also have been used for a fuel tank cap on a truck.
3/6/2012 Jerry
Item TC0009, Bung Wrench is a typical size for a 55 gallon drum cap.  The question should be why is it made of brass.  In most cases brass was used in an industry where they did not want to cause a spark.  Think a Refinery or anywhere there is a high likelihood of explosion.
Just a guess.
3/6/2012 Neal
I think the bung wrench is for the old keg shaped 50 gal barrels. I don't have one to check so not positive.
 
TLC0008  
Looks like a handle to carry something!
It has a wooden handle that's round @ 1 1/16 inch in diameter and 5 1/2 inches long. From the handle there are two L shaped legs that are 6 inches long and can swivel in two directions.
3/6/2012 Jerry
I'm not sure about the tool TC0008, but, it could be used to pull rather than carry, such as a hot rack in a stove or furnace.  Inspect to see if there are signs of heat on the wooden part of the handle.
 
TLC0007  
  Superior Wrench Company, 9 inches long and has a swinging top jaw.

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2/14/2012 Bus
TLC0007 is a self adjusting wrench advertised for use on pipes, nuts and bolts, first manufactured by the Lake Superior Wrench Co. of Sault Ste Marie, Mich. and after 1910 by Superior Wrench Co. of Marshalltown, Iowa. 
Patents were granted Sept. 7, 1909 to William Hilliard Munro of Sault Ste. Marie, of Ontario, Canada and Oct. 4, 1910 to John Boulieu of Sault St. Marie, Mich. 
 
TLC0006  
Superior Combination Wrench,  12 3/4 inch long, has 386 cast into one sideof top jaw, and 1323 cast into the other side. Spring loaded top jaw is not adjustable and fits 1/2 inch pipe nicely. Below bottom jaw is a hexagon hole that measures 1 3/8 across.

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2/13/2012 Neal
TLC0006 is for an obsolete concrete form system I think.
 
TLC0005  
This tool is 26.5 inches long, with 8614-1 USA cast into it. Notice 3 notches on each side of the handle 12 inches from the end.

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2/05/2012 Jerry
The long wrench, TLC0005 looks as though the handle had broken, and was repaired.  It looks like a Gas Line wrench, and the long handle would indicate the use of leverage.
 
TLC0004  
This tool has a wooden handle, the words Goddell-Pratt Company Toolsmiths Greenfield Mass, USA, stamped on the cast frame of tool. Two levers can make part of the tool pivot on a pin.

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2/05/2012 Jerry
TLC0004 is a Clapboard Marker.  An aquaintance of mine answered this one. 
 
TLC0003
This tool has a turnbuckle built into it to adjust the length of the tool. It's 14.5 inches long, and can extend to 21 inches. It has the word "Duplex" cast into it with an "hour glass" stamped above it.This tool has a turnbuckle built into it to adjust the length of the tool. It's 14.5 inches long, and can extend to 21 inches. It has the word "Duplex" cast into it with an "hour glass" stamped above it.

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2/04/2012 Noel
I believe TLC0003 is a vintage auto jack.
 
2/04/2012 Dan
Your TLC0003 is for carrying a second spare tire on the back of the vehicle. The one loop is hooked into the normally carried spare and the second spare is then placed on the second hook loop. the turnbuckle is tightened locking both spares to each other.
 
3/15/2012 Donn
I have a TLC0003 "Duplex" Spare Tire carrier on my 1923 Dodge Truck, so I actually know what this one is!!
 
TLC0002  
  This tool is a type of pliers with a flat spring mounted on the top jaw. It's 13 inches long. One handle has BX1 127 (with a swastika emblem). The other handle has BX1 126 (with a swastika emblem) cast into it. 

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2/05/2012 Jerry
Your TLC0002 is a Button Fastener
 
 
TLC0001  
It is a curved Bull Elk horn about 24” long.  The middle of the horn has one prong or spike. Two “T” attachments on the horn appear to be handles or supports, hand made from metal  by a blacksmith. One end of the horn is enclosed by a metal piece with a hole in it. The opposite end is broken.

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1/19/2012 Jerry
I believe that your TLC0001 tool is ornamental rather than utilitarian.  When we think of tools, we look for wear marks, and I don't see that in this tool.  With the "T" brackets, my best guess is that they were used as a stand out or hanger (extending from the wall).  With the two capped ends.  If they have a hole in the end, they could have been used to display a flag or symbols.  You may check with the ELKS association (National Headquarters).  Local Lodges are not that interested in history, but rather how to grow and keep members.  The National office may have archives of Ceremonial items, such as the Masons do.
7/2/2012 BATM Docents
TLC Tool # 0001 has been identified as a rope braiding tool by the Docents at Bolt's Antique Tool Museum.