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274541 Kirk Eppler 2021‑09‑11 Re: Anyone know German tool makers of the past? #photo-notice
Thank you sir, some comments on your comments

1.  I figured these might make nice clamps for small work if I never
expected to use them as intended. Didn’t know what it was at the time, nor
until about 20 mins ago. Good to know at least one person won’t be upset if
I misappropriated their tool.

2. Would never have guessed. My first trip through my Otto Young catalog
drew a blank, Otto Frei was to be my next attempt, then try to find
something in the middle age wise if that failed.

3. This one, with the huge name on it, was easy.  I doubt I would ever have
a use for it, but 1/1000 “ calipers and micrometer and digital whatnots are
not nearly as cool as the technology used on that.

4. winder as in maker, or wind before installing (my guess).?  The seller
thought for weekly winding the clock, but I have a key for that.

5. This one I am pretty sure is unrelated to clock work.  I think it’s
quite a bit newer than the rest, and says Sharpen on end and, and Burnish
on the other, of the little flippy thing your 5 landed on.  The knob seems
to open and close it to hold a flat file.  There was an Oregon chainsaw
sharpening piece at that sale that I left behind.  Figured I could reuse
pieces of this.

I appreciate the expertise.  Our local luthier Greg I has shown us a few
cool tools he has made that could solve a problem or two, so I grab
anything inexpensive from the jeweler and horological trades for small
work, cuz you never know what you might need.  My watch holding clamp has
saved me on earbud repairs before.

Here’s another fun image of some dull knives I acquired.


A few years back, I found a knife with a short second blade, fairly dull,
so I sharpened it up, only to find out a few years later it was a watch
case opening tool, and sharp wasn’t very smart.  Turns out it wears the
Favorite brand, same as one of these.  Think it’s the obverse of the Green
Guild tool



Thanks again
Kirk in Half Moon Bay, CA, who will try to make John Ruth look good, by
comparison, again tomorrow.

On Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 7:21 PM Troy Livingston 

> My wife got a chuckle out of John's comment but currently has no
> complaints about my scrounging. More in another email to follow.
> I did stumble on another of Kirk's photos that showed some miscellaneous
> clock tools and offer the following identifications in the off chance
> that he hasn't already sorted it out.
> Detail of photo here:
> <
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/91137513@N.../51444609543/in/dateposted-public/
> >
> 1. The items in the wooden box are clock movement assembly posts with a
> bracket that will let you hang the assembled movement for testing. I
> have a set of these but didn't care for them. For movement assembly I
> find them awkward and they make nasty marks on the plates. For assembly
> it is hard to beat the cardboard tube from a roll of packing tape.
> Although I do have a nesting set of wood rings that I really like.
> 2. This is a tool for adjusting the beat on anniversary clocks (400 day
> clocks). Everyone knows that clocks need to be level, but actually the
> critical thing is for them to be in beat. Grossly simplified, to be in
> beat means the interval between the "tick and tock" must be equal. I
> think i might have one of these but can't say too much about these tools
> as I was made to swear never to work on anniversary clocks.
> 3. A Waltham watch mainspring gauge. Used to measure the thickness and
> width of watch mainsprings. I've never used mine. Have better ways to
> measure such things. But still it is a cool tool.
> 4. A traditional mainspring winder for watches or small clocks. Hard to
> date, could be anywhere from 19th century into the early 20th.
> 5. I'm not sure it is hard to judge by the photo. It is similar in
> construction to my Ollie Baker clock mainspring winder. The manual did
> have some photos of accessories that could be purchased but I haven't
> seen the paperwork for years and haven't the foggiest idea of where it
> could be. There were a couple of manufacturers who made tools with
> similar construction but a quick scan though old catalogs turned up
> nothing. It could be part of a movement holding system. But then may be
> something entirely unrelated to clock work.
> Troy
> On 9/7/2021 2:45 PM, John Ruth wrote:
> > Kirk,
> >
> >> Image of vintage drafting stuff front and center here
> >>
> >> https://kirkhmb.smugmug.com/Woodworking/Woodworking-Tools/i-DBPgTLj
> > I showed that picture to my GF and she said," OMG! There ARE people that
> are worse than you! "
> >
> > John Ruth
> > Who, on Sunday, hit an indoor flea, an outdoor flea, and a sale at a
> sort of an overgrown junkyard.
> >
> >
> --
Sent from my iPad, apologies for the Auto Correct errors. Kirk

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