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12-15-2009, 04:05 AM
Found this item elic hunting near a old plantation site. It appears to be a wrench of some kind, but any thoughts would be appreciated. The jaws are notched and the three holes in the center are threaded. As I said, any help would be greatly appreciated.

12-15-2009, 06:06 AM
My first thought was a thread guide on a factory loom. :confused:
Cool find, regardless, RT. ;)

12-15-2009, 10:12 AM
I found that same exact tool on my father-in-laws 1880 farm but have no idea what it was for. It is a very strange design for being some kind of wrench.

12-15-2009, 12:39 PM
Never seen anything like it. :confused: A definite odd tool or part of a machine. I wonder if there are orginizations like a farm museum or a textile museum. Try and Google that and see if any come up. Then E Mail them a picture. They may be able to tell you if they have ever seen anything like that. Good luck and if you get an ID on it, let us know.

12-16-2009, 06:58 AM
Some kind of tool used on barb wire? :confused:

12-16-2009, 02:11 PM
The wrench part looks like a spoke wrench. But the trheads are throwing me off... Maybe it was part of a common tool set for old cars with spokes?

12-17-2009, 10:47 AM
No idea, but what a neat looking relic.

12-17-2009, 11:17 AM
It looks familiar. But I have no idea.

Anyway, welcome to the forum!

12-17-2009, 06:21 PM
Very cool relic but I have no clue. If I had to guess, it would be a type of speed wrench with three different size thread chasers(used to realign bad threads on a bolt). Just don't know :-\

Jason in Enid
12-18-2009, 10:09 AM
I would say it's a wrench. Doesn't look exactly like what we use to today, but most tools don't. Interesting find.

12-18-2009, 12:58 PM
That one stumps me....the threaded holes must have a purpose, that is what keeps leading me away from the wrench idea...RickO

12-20-2009, 08:56 PM
Well folks, I want to thank you for your help. I found this design on the site: Directory of American Tool and Machinery Patents. Other than the three holes in the center of the handle, the relic that I found seem to be an alligator jawed wrench or what would be the grandfather of today's pipe wrench . Thanks for all your ideas.
Bob Terry

12-21-2009, 08:01 AM
I would say it is for taking off rounded or stripped bolts and nuts,the three holes in the center are probably for chasing or cleaning up the threads. Yazoo

12-21-2009, 09:32 AM
I have one from my dad's farm. It was always hanging over the tool bench as far back as I can remember. Maybe I can get a pic of it and maybe there's some markings on it that would identify the manufacturer, etc. It's definitely old and a piece of history. Great find!

12-21-2009, 04:16 PM
It is a alligator wrench with dies in the center.Look up alligator wrenches ,I saw a pic but lost it. Yazoo

12-23-2009, 07:31 AM
here be the picture. Yazoo

12-23-2009, 02:38 PM
Wow!! Looks like you nailed it!! thumbsup01 Great research on that one. I think you have a positive ID. Aww, the mystery is now gone lol, but the history remains :)

12-24-2009, 06:34 AM
you all converged on it like a hungry pack of wolves on a rabbit and it didn't stand a chance :grin: very nice teamwork and id guys