Mystery Tools and Gadgets

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Blue Point 6A7 wrench

Model number 6A7.  (not in cats)   marked sizes.   3/16   and  1/8.   The

3/16 decimal size is .375  which is a hex cap size.  The 1/8 decimal is .338

which is 1/8whitworth.   From the markings on the wrench,  looks like it

would date early to mid 30s   

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Bon-E-Con DBE with Vlchek Star!

Bonney is very well known as the maker of "arguably" the best wrenches ever made.  Why then have we just found Bonney DBE marked Bon-E-Con wrenches bearing the Vlchek star?  We welcome all opinions and theories!!

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MAC DBE - Markings & Meanings

The model numbers on these wrenches is consistent with the 1949 catalog (B-###), but changes to the newer style markings in the 1951 catalog.  The purpose of this investigation is to determine the meaning of the "0" stamp after the model number on the shanks of these wrenches.  The first two pictures show wrenches in our collection, while the third image comes from member Chopper.  At first we thought it might be an owner's mark but with Chopper's examples added to the fray, it proves this was a factory marking with a meaning.  Perhaps an early idea of stamping date codes?  The "0" representing 1950 would make sense given the model annotation changeover timing.  We'd welcome thoughts on the subject.

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Double Box End, deep offset wrenches.

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T. O. Byrum Wrench

We have exhausted all research resources attempting to identify T. O. Byrum.  Seeking information on the maker and/or T. O. Byrum.  Openings are slightly under 5/16 and slightly under 1/4.

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The Proto 5449-D What Was It's Purpose?

I've always been intrigued by this ratchet, since the first time I saw one. I have 3 examples, all of which have different drives on the business end. I'm quite confident that the "original" configuration was the modified female ratchet. 1 of my examples has a 1/2" drive shaft that has been nicely welded into the female drive. Another appears to have been given an overhaul with a traditional 5449RK 1/2" drive replacement kit. Another interesting note is that every example I have seen is marked Proto Los Angeles, which puts it's use in a particular timeframe in the early to mid - 50's. Notice one of my examples is "Army green."

The example in the middle (with the welded in 1/2" drive plug) also has an interesting handle. At first I thought someone had made it but the more I study the spinner handle, the more I think it was purposely made to be removable from the factory.

So, let's discuss the specific purpose of this tool before moving it over under the ratchet section in Proto!

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Unknown "Bonneys" Tool ***Identified***

** No longer a Mystery tool. This Hollow Auger tool can be found under the "Pre Date Code" Bonney Hand tools. Patented by C.S. Bonney but manufactured by Lloyd, Supplee & Walton.

This tool was purchased from eBay due to the odd "Bonneys" stamp, with the S at the end. Anyone with insight into this tool would be most helpful! Please register / sign in to comment on this Bonney"s" oddball!

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The top fits into a brace.

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There is a blade that slides in from the side, and is very sharp.

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Notice the stamp. Bonneys PA

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And finally on the business end, it appears that the blade seats at different depths depending on the diameter of the workpiece.

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Unknown Manufacturer and/or Branded Tools

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Who Made This Ratchet, and How?

I've posted this on the regular tool forum haunts around the web, to no avail.  What we have is a  Bethlehem Spark Plug Company branded ratchet, but seemingly posessing a Herbrand forge mark.  The second ratchet in the pictures is the same ratchet but with the Bonney Shield forge mark, and posessing an October, 1923 date code.  We also have a straight Bonney branded ratchet in this design, with no date code, which can be viewed here

So the question is, in the mid-1920's, why is another forge producing Bonney patented designs?  EDIT: I'm not sure why we initially referred to this as a "Bonney Patented" design.  I'm attempting to go back through my notes and records to discover the source of that comment.  Please see the continuing discussion(s) below.

12/26/2015 - I'm adding yet another forge mark found on the same ratchet.  Please pipe up with some information if you have it.

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If anyone has insight into the below forge mark, please let us know.

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Who Manufactured the Firestone Wrenches?

Update 3/14/2016 - Based on the comparison of countless wrenches, we believe we can say that these wrenches are made by Duro.

 

Over the course of the next few days, we will be uploading numerous examples of wrenches in an effort to compare and identify the manufacturer of the Firestone wrenches.  These wrenches are very hard to come by, and we only have 2 in our collection.  Our primary suspects for manufacturing these tools are Duro, Fairmount and possibly Williams, but we will upload examples from most manufacturers in an effort to be comprehensive in our evaluation.