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Obviously hand made.
Marked up 2 5/8 inch opening, 10 1/2 inches long.
Can anyone tell what it was used for? 
9/1/2014 James
I have a wrench much like this that is used to open the case on Oxweld oxygen and acetylene gauges.
9/1/2014 Robert
I do believe that is a flat "engineers" type wrench for adjusting steam pressure valves or a rotating steam device that has packing like a is just like the wrenche/s I used for these tasks back in the day.
Have no information on this one except the name  F. Wilber S.F.
on the side and  G. Smith-Vacaville, Calif.  on the long shank.

This tool is 4 3/4" on one end and 8" on the other.

Both very pointed ends - one has a slit in it on the back side.

Hope we can find something out on this tool. 

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8/2/2014 Ed
This looks like the kind of tool a Farrier might use in cleaning the frog on the underside of a horses hoof when it is being shod.  Just a guess but I think this is close.
8/3/2014 Kirk
Some clarity and pointers, not much else, from SF city directories and Newspapers.  Might be Wilbert, not Wilber.   Looks like a T hanging under the R.
SF Landmark #149 is the Edwin Klockars Blacksmithing Shop.  Klockars joined Wilbert in 1928 at 443 Folsom.  Klockars' Blacksmith Shop 443 Folsom Street Between 1st and Fremont Streets Built 1912 A plaque on the front of the blacksmith shop reads:
Klockars' Blacksmith Shop
Beginning in the 1860's, foundries south of Market Street fabricated mining machinery, railroad cars, and ships. This 1912 machine shop is the last. Fred V. Wilbert forged fine tools here. Edwin A. Klockars (1898 - 1994), a native of Munsmo, Finland, joined Wilbert in 1928. His precision-made tools helped construct the Emperor Norton and Golden Gate Bridges and hundreds of ships during World War II. Still in production is [sic] his 1939 jam tongs that enable canning companies to clear convulsed conveyor carriers. Ed Klockars had one motto: "Anything you need, we make." This shop still does.
Another internet knife forum member says "Klockars's predecessor in that building was the F. V. Wilbert Tool Mfg Co, founded not long after the 1906 Earthquake & Fire, 1910 as I recall. I have the last copy of Fred Wilbert's tool catalog. He made a lot of the same tools Tony was still making in the 1980s (Tony still used some of his dies), but also made some specialized logging tools, as well as blacksmith tongs, hardies, and other forge tools, including hammers of amazing quality -- a Wilbert specialty. Tony's pet hammer was an original Wilbert he had inherited, and despite more than 60 years of daily use, its bright faces still looked new. "
Not much in the way of what that tool does, but might give someone else a clue to track it down
This interesting tool photo was sent to us by a fellow TLC Member.

"I would like to submit these photos of a tool that I cannot identify to the
'What Is It Tool' section. Thank you for your great site!!!"  Brian
We have been contacted by Jennifer Beslow GreatGreatGrandaughter of William Bessolo.  She was searching for information on his Companies and tools.  Please advise us of anything you may have.  This will help us - help her.   Thanks

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5/1/2014 Donn
Tell her - IF you don't get an answer on the "What is it tool?", to contact the Missouri Valley Wrench Club ( MVWC) Newsletter Editor, sending him the same images - There HAS to be someone in that Club who knows or can make a good guess.
5/1/2014 Ed
Looks like a plumber's wrench.
5/1/2014 Calvin
With regard to the Besselo tool company or William L. Besselo the inventor, I would suggest he was one intelligent individual.  At this writing I only know of him from a search of Google patents.  He patented original tool designs and also patented the improvements.  Google lists some 134 patents.  I see elements of his patents in some of the tools I have collected over the years.
5/1/2014 Kirk
You can see the patent for this tool by looking at the above link.  I can't find any easy way to link to all his patents (as Calvin said, a large number) easily, maybe later.
5/3/2014 Denis
Regarding TLC0072, the patent for this pipe wrench, US1004792, was filed Oct. 29, 1910 by William Louis Bessolo:
    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.
   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.

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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.
9/25/2014 Midwest Tool Collectors Assoc.
Sept 2014 issue of the Gristmill has identified TLC0070 as a Corn Husker with Patent #27,638.  It strips off the husks and severs the ear from the stalk.
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?

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

Can anyone share more information?

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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
5/8/2014 Denis
There is a similar tool made by Moore Kling for sale on eBay:
Bung wrench for gas station fuel tanks.

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)??
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? 
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.

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.

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?

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5/3/2014 Denis
Regarding TLC0063, this is a hand scraper for conditioning (or reconditioning) machine tools surfaces such as lathe bed ways or milling machine ways.  Machine scraping is becoming a rare art.  I belonged to a model engineering club and we discussed the practice of using tools like this.   Here are some links:

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? 

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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.

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?

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11/01/2013 Floyd
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

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?
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?

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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.
 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?

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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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? 

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9/3/2013 Ed
The wrench appears to be forged
9/3/2013 Cal
For starts the internet refers a Fairmount Cleve.
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.  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.
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
Where the one they have looking very similar is listed as an axle hub wrench.
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?
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
    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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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? 

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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.
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?