Old hand tools

Post in 'The Gear' started by schlot, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. schlot

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    Wasn't sure where to put this picture. I am cleaning out my storage shed and came across some iron tools. I'm guessing they were used for for some type of work around fire or a kiln? They are made of iron, all are about 4' long.
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    Anyone know what they are or used for?

    If someone needs to move this thread to a better place, please do so.

    Thanks.
     
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    The one on the right looks like an ash rake. Hold above the floor, insert into slot, drop, drag toward you.
     
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    They look like antique local forged fireplace/hand tools
    #2 and #3 may have had shovel / broom tack welded
    #4 is just a poker
    #5 rake also used to push clunkers back under the grate
    at least that's what we used them for

    dad had a #1 hanging in the barn = it slipped into a eye bolt crank or something and turned it - I can't remember what - just being told to put it back and stop touching everything
     
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    Thanks!

    Any value to these? Not just money wise but perhaps to a museum? I am cleaning house and don't see keeping them.
     
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    It would be tough to put a date on them unless you had some back story that you know for a fact- which limits resale value.
    A local museum may be interested. You might "rake in" a few bucks from an antique picker- I could see a country style restaurant putting them on the wall.

    If you lived closer, I could actually really use these for the kiln.
     
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    Not unless it has a big jog in the handle, out of view in this photo. You're thinking of the old scissor jack crank handles, some of which did have a similar hook on one end.
     
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    When I was a kid, my little town still had the old fashion blacksmith shop. The old timer that worked it (and yes, he was very old) would make tools similar to those for darn near any application you could think of. I bet he had 20 different pairs of tongs. All different. I guess my point is this: darn hard to tell what the actual application was for. It could have been for a specific job, or even a one time use thing.
     
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    We have a set that looks pretty much exactly like them at my cabin. Those are the only tools that are capable to reach to the back of the timberline wood stove that is used there (like a fisher papa bear).

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