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Offline dot-matrix

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What is it? Part Deux*** Poll closed ** Answer posted
« on: April 03, 2007, 02:25:50 am »

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Re: What is it? Part Deux
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2007, 02:51:05 am »
I have no idea Dottie. It almost looks like a bottle opener, but it wasn't in the list.

Is it a tool they use to tune up cars?  ???

I have absolutely no friggin idea what so ever.  :D
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Re: What is it? Part Deux
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2007, 03:02:11 am »
It's beautiful.  I love real tools.

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Re: What is it? Part Deux
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2007, 02:32:02 pm »


  This is a complete guess on my part... I have no idea.. I dont think it has anything to do with car maintainance, being a family of mechanics.  Ive never seen one.  I just took a stab, at the golfers tool.



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Re: What is it? Part Deux
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2007, 02:51:08 pm »
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Re: What is it? Part Deux
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2007, 03:00:33 pm »
It's some sort of template thing, you can draw circles, ovals, and parts of both and
straight lines too.

Of course I am just wildly guessing here.

Just realized there were choices.  Then I have to go with the architects tool.  Thats exactly the sort of thing I was thinking, (guessing?) anyway.
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Re: What is it? Part Deux
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2007, 04:05:30 pm »
A prop from the set of Texas Chainsaw Massacre??? :P

Fine .. I'll go away and think on it some more .. =P


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Re: What is it? Part Deux
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2007, 08:34:14 am »

Hmmm, it looks like some sorta key to me, but that's not on the list. So, instead, I'll go with Early Architect's Tool, mainly 'cause it seems to have been patented in 1917 (biiiig guess!).
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Re: What is it? Part Deux
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2007, 11:38:57 pm »
I agree with Kerry!
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Re: What is it? Part Deux
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2007, 01:57:32 am »
Ok it's that time the votes are in and now it's time to reveal the correct answer  ;D







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The answer is:





This cool looking item of brass, was made in the USA and patented in 1917. It was used by Soldiers to polish their brass uniform buttons. The device was slipped underneath the button, which made polishing easier and kept the uniform free of smudges from the brass polish.  The curves and grooves around the edges made it flexible with all size and shape of button and combined with little holes on the top also facilitated the polishing of brass and silver insignative sometimes glued to cloth buttons at the time.

This is an example of the British military equivalent from the same period....I love the little "eagle" shaped hole on the top.


I see we had three correct votes!  That's great.  Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who voted.




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