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Discussion in 'Tools' started by Studio Antiques, Jan 8, 2024.

  1. Studio Antiques

    Studio Antiques Well-Known Member

    Any help with identifying this mystery tool would be much appreciated! The needle moves left and right while “opening and closing” the small part on the bottom right as pictured.
    The inside has writing and numbers and is removable. It has writing on both sides. Measures roughly 5” tall and 2.5” wide. Thank you for taking the time to look! C460C645-C1C9-43D6-B1C3-65675A3A0A53.jpeg 9243C16D-466B-4FE1-BBA5-19E5A0445E91.jpeg 34A3C5F3-3792-4859-8BB8-994489375B16.jpeg 46192443-760D-4783-AD58-EA71539BA683.jpeg 1B0DB2C0-A894-45E7-B98B-B6018CD45F8F.jpeg

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  2. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    Something to do with keys... those are key company names.
  3. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    Tumbler gauge
    Hand made
    I'd think it would be worth hundreds to the old padlock crowd
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  4. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    Interesting... and some arcane knowledge there.
  5. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Nice piece...hand marked, an' possibly hand-made. Got some age, too...I agree with Terry.
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  6. Chinoiserie

    Chinoiserie Well-Known Member

    Would that be for marking out keys for cutting? I Googled tumbler gauge and it showed images of a drinks glass with planes cockpit gauges on the sides :shifty:
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2024
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  7. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

  8. Studio Antiques

    Studio Antiques Well-Known Member

    Definitely does seem like a tumbler gauge and that you everyone for your responses and help so far!
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  9. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    You should be able to (roughly) date it by the active dates for the key companys.

  10. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    And by the fact that it seems to be a one-off. Possibly something a locksmith made for his own use. (not that I know jack about locks, but I've known my share of tool guys. They make things for themselves if they can't find something premade that will do the trick.)
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  11. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

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