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    03-15-2010, 05:34 PM
Help me identify this tool please!!!

American Tech 005.jpgHi, I am a college student taking a technology class and I was given the task of identifying a tool that I believe was used for horses. My professor says the tool was obsolete by the 1920's. That's the only hint he gave me! Lol! I was hoping you could take a look at the attached photos and get back to me if you know what this thing is or what it could have been used for. I'm not even 100% sure it was used for horses but have a hunch. Thank you in advance.
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    03-15-2010, 05:51 PM
I have no idea what it is, but would love to know the answer when you find out!
    03-15-2010, 06:08 PM
In all honesty, it looks to me like a wedge for splitting wood. Maybe it went obsolete because of the availability of axes? However, I may be wrong.
    03-15-2010, 06:17 PM
I don't think it was directly used for horses but I would bet that if was used in the making of wagon wheels. If it had been used for horses then it would probably still be used but about 1920 the automobile really took off and wagons were dying out rapidly. You might try a woodwright forum since it is made of wood or a blacksmith forum.

Please reward us for our time by posting the answer back here when you find it.
    03-15-2010, 07:30 PM
My husband and I belong to an engineer's forum, so I'll ask there. They love thiskind of thing, and at the very least there will be some very interesting guesses!
    03-16-2010, 08:07 PM
I have a couple of answers...
"It looks like some type of currency...a dollar bill?"
And, on a more serious (but not nearly as amusing) note

"It looks to me like a caulking drift.
I.e to set tarred rope in between the deck planks on a ship.

Perhaps - so the urine doesn't leak down a level, given 1914-18 a lot were moved that way and by 1920's it all changed.
A bit thin as links go, but it doesn't resemble any feet mouth or innards or saddle or harness, tool I've seen.

Could be for inlay work on carriages, looks a bit mega for 'decoration' though.
Maybe there is calking like work in carriages - not an area I've experienced - aside from wheels, axles, tires.
Could be for truing a tyre, but that's usually done with a paddle and mallet."

And more than a few "You should be doing your own research! Shame on you!"
'Nuff said.
    03-16-2010, 10:11 PM
And more than a few "You should be doing your own research! Shame on you!"

HAHAHA I was totally thinking that!!!
    03-16-2010, 10:18 PM
Try emailing those guys off ''Pawn Stars''...see if they Good luck, I have no idea what that is!

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