This is a repost of items that have yet to be identified, the majority of them were sent in by readers of this site. Please let us know if you recognize any of them.
436. 9" tall to the top of the rods, this was among the items to be tossed out from an old municipal building in Pennsylvania.
471. 5" diameter
With faceplate removed:
518. 46" long
Thanks to Tom for sending in this catalog scan to help solve this floor rammer:
543. Found in an early home in upstate NY, the patent appears to be 18?? and is stamped on back of what looks like a tack hammer head. Overall length is 14 1/2", iron teeth strip is 12" L x 5/16" W, mounted on a 1/2" x 1" rectangular strip of wood (wood is nicely fluted on top).
244. 2 1/4" diameter
228. Please see the second post on this page
for more photos of this one.
76. 5" tall
186. The top part of this tool can pivot all the way down to either handle. 13 1/2" long
570. This might have been a good one to post on Halloween, the photos below were sent to me by someone who has had this box up in their attic for years, it measures 12” x 10” x 6”.
Answer: A Civil War era mortician’s facial reconstruction kit
202. The frame is cast with the words "BATESON AUTO TOOL WKS ROME NY A1". The overall length is 20" from the end of the handle to the other end. It apparently mounts in a bench vise, there is a pad in the center of the C frame. The hand wheel adjusts the pad closer to the reamer/ spotface assembly. The button on the pad measures 1/2" and the reamer measures .505".
212. 6 1/2" long
246. 39" high, 8" wideMore pictures of this one
298. 8" long
447. 19" long, made of light cast iron, this tool was found in the woods on the site of a former barn in the southern part of the province of Quebec. The barn was razed probably 80 to 100 years ago.
The distance between the two points in the photo above is 10-1/2".
Thanks to Dan for helping solve this one, it's a part of a one-man bucksaw, as seen in his photo:
432. 9-1/2" long, marked "Royal" and "23 oz"
383. 12" long
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