Featured 3 small tools?

Discussion in 'Tools' started by Potteryplease, Jul 15, 2023.

  1. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know what these are for? (I'm assuming that they are related.) I think they may be handmade.

    The longest is appx 7" and I think is copper. The other two I'm not sure the metal.

    I found them in a street market in La Spezia, Italy (on vacation-- in Florence now :):):))

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  2. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Look like the tools used in sand casting. When a pattern is seated into the sand and then removed, the hollow mold in the sand often needs refinement and repair.

    Slicslick
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    Slicslicks are types of foundry tools that are generally used for repairing and finishing mold surfaces and their edges. It’s done after the withdrawal of the pattern. The common types of slicks are heart and leaf, square and heart, spoon and bead, and heart spoon. Their nomenclature is largely due to their shapes.

    Lifter
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    A lifter is also known as a cleaner or finishing tool. It’s used for cleaning, repairing, and finishing the bottom and sides of the deep and narrow openings in the mold. The lifter is made of thin sections of steel of various lengths and widths one end bent.
    https://studentlesson.com/types-of-sand-casting-tools/#google_vignette
     
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  3. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    This is what you pick up in Italy???

    Have a nice vacation!
     
  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Ah yes, Florence, Renaissance city state, city of art, stunning jewellery, refined fashion, excellent leatherwares, and..... sand casting tools.:joyful:

    Hope you have a great time @Potteryplease !:happy:
     
  5. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    You can always use the middle one for a shoe horn in times of need - LOL! :)
     
  6. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Ah! Thank you for the identification!


    Of course-- better than 'tourist art'!
    The question is, will they let me take them on the airplane?
     
  7. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Years ago I bought a pattern maker's tool box, which included some of these. I don't do sand casting, but I have found them to be very useful in shaping clay, mortar, and epoxy resin fills.

    Just put them in your dirty laundry in your checked luggage.
     
  8. ola402

    ola402 Well-Known Member

    Neat tools! Florence is wonderful, hope you get to see all of the museums, so worth it!
     
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  9. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    And, I should have added, I bought things like the tools above because mementos like these below were unavailable for purchase:

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    ;)
     
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  10. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    They're not very good at letting go, are they.:rolleyes:
    I asked the people at the Uffizi to let me have the Portinari Altar, but they said no.:( The Bargello wouldn't let me have the Flabellum of Tournus either, and that is much smaller, I'm sure they wouldn't miss it.
     
  11. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    They act like these things are too important to just be 'owned.' Sheez.
     
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  12. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

  13. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Those things wouldn't fit in your luggage, either.
     
  14. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

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  16. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    And a couple for @komokwa and others:

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  17. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Thank you!:happy::kiss:
    The leaf folds inside the ivory case, so it would have fit in my suitcase. (Don't worry people, it dates from the 8th-9th century, so firmly pre-Cites)
    It is the most beautiful of three complete liturgical fans that still exist, the other ones are also in Italy.

    This type of flabellum was used to fan insects away from the host and wine during mass, which is why it is called 'liturgical', part of the liturgy or ritual of mass.
    It is different from the feather flabellum type that was used as a status symbol by Popes and Orthodox prelates.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2023
  18. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    So interesting!
     
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  19. ola402

    ola402 Well-Known Member

    what is that thing in the 2nd to last photo?
     
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  20. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    It is a nine-barrel handgun. I'm not sure how it works...

    ..."volley gun"?
     
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