Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Wingnutt » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:37 pm

Some close-ups...

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And here is that APCO-Mossberg 41-B-309-1/2 extension nestled in that lot. My third!

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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Wingnutt » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:28 pm

I picked up a cad-plated Plomb WF-23 (with a "K" suffix) 3/8-inch drive speeder and a NOS Blue-Point thread file in NOS packaging this morning at the flea market.

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Obviously Reiff & Nestor was the OEM by shape and style of the tool alone, and if there was any doubt you could see a faint "NU-TRIX" through the top layer.

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I was not the one who tore open the end of the packaging. That was done by either a PO or the seller. I was hoping to keep the packaging intact, and slip the thread file in and out of it like a sleeve, but it wouldn't budge without destroying the packaging. So I removed the piece of yellowed tape and I was pleasantly surprised by what I found.

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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Wingnutt » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:36 pm

As you guys know, they were issued to several tool-sets.

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Here is the Blue-Point next t one of its Reiff & Nestor cousins.

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And the other sides of the Blue-Point..

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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Wingnutt » Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:56 pm

Decent haul this morning...

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...including a partial Walden set...

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...a bunch of Plomb 9/32-inch drive WF sockets...

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...a long Plomb WF-19 3/8-inch drive extension...

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...Plomb duckbills with the gunmetal finish...

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...and a 12" Diamalloy adjustable (which I needed to match an 8" Diamalloy I have)...

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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Wingnutt » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:03 pm

Oh, and the nut drivers are Vlchek!

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I had an ND-16 (1/4"), shown here with the ND-20 (5/16"), ND-22 (11/32"), ND-24 (3/8") and ND-32 (1/2") I one-fell-swooped this morning.

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Markings...

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1941 catalog excerpt...

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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Wingnutt » Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:20 pm

Picked up an interesting Snap-on spinner at the flea today, an M-45, all-steel, with a cross-drilled hole for a tommy bar.

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Apparently they are somewhat uncommon to begin with, and this one has a very unusual finish. Dark baked enamel grey.

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Keeping it in my 9/32-inch driv case for now. You can see the color contrast. 1942 date code.

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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Wingnutt » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:12 pm

Friday's small haul had some wartime goodies, including a Plomb pebble 3/8-inch drive ratchet (5429), a Plomb offset screwdriver, and a Plomb ignition wrench with a chipped jaw. The other offset screwdriver is a Snap-on 040. That special flex spinner with the tiny hex bit is cad-plated, but it's unmarked and looks homemade (press-fit). Not sure about the 1/4-inch drive screw starter. The golden nugget in here is probably the Carter Carbureter T109-51 3/8-inch drive stubby spinner. Non-wartime in the misc ignition wrenches includes a 1936 Blue-Point, a pair of P&C, a pair of Wizard, and a pair of 8xx series Duro-Chrome.

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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Wingnutt » Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:07 pm

I picked up a 41-S-6010 wire stripper-cutter at the flea market today.

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Actually, I "found" it a few weeks ago without knowing it, leaving it behind in a mess of tools on a flea market table. Eagle eye Don (d42jeep) where's waldoed it out of the mess I had posted a photo of, and today the same vendor was back with a few of the tools that were still left from that lot, and it was one of them. As I told Don at the time, I never really paid attention to it before. It's a 3rd and 4th Echelon tool-set tool. Now that I have it in my hands and I have tried it out, I am impressed. - and glad I was able to acquire it.

First of all, everything comes apart with screws. Secondly, the jaws are replaceable. Thirdly, each handle works independently. If you're righty, and as you being to squeeze with your fingers, the jaws on the left grab the cable, if you squeeze with your thumb, the cutter jaws on the right close, and if you continue squeezing, the jaws separate, stripping the jacket. It's impossible to get photos of what I mean without a third and fourth set of hands, but you get the idea.

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I have little to no information on General Cement Mfg in Rockford, Illinois.

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I was able to piece together a fairly convincing history via the inventor, a Mr. S.G. Wood, however. He was granted his first patent (1,151,319) for a stripper-cutter in 1915. His second patent (1,196,322) was granted in 1916. At the time, he lived in Brooklyn, NY. Both those patent numbers were marked on this tool.

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I am fairly confident that the "OTHER PATS. PENDING" marking refers to his third patent (2,313,793), applied for in 1940 and granted in 1943. At that time he lived in - wait for it - Rockford, Illinois, the home of General Cement.

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I am also fairly confident that this is the time period my plier-cutters were made. They don't look like the first two designs, they don't look like they were made in 1916, they are identical to the 1943 patent drawing, and they don't have that third patent marked on them.

They are also identical to the figure of a 41-S-6010 in the 1945 ORD 6 SNL G-27.
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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Wingnutt » Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:34 pm

The other tools I got in this haul (Blue-Point Chicago water pump wrench, CAM-LOC wrench, Duro battery pliers-DBE wrench, Duro Ford main bearing wrench, and Bonney obstruction wrench...) were interesting but mostly prewar. I believe the OD green ditty bag (drawstring type) may be WWII.

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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Rustman » Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:34 pm

If you do a lot of wiring those stripper cutters are the bee knees. Great tools in control/HVAC wring, I imagine in automotive too.

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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Wingnutt » Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:02 pm

Today's small haul.

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The pliers are Duro-Chrome and soaking. I so rarely see anything Duro-Chrome that isn't a wrench or socket drive tool and now I found two Duro-Chrome pliers in two days at two different flea markets. Go figure. The water distiller is not WWII, but it is military. It's testing my willpower.

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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by pjones » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:06 pm

Now you are sounding like me....open it !!!!
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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Wingnutt » Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:08 pm

Haha! No! And stop being a bad influence!
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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Wingnutt » Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:47 pm

The highlight of today's flea market finds...

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...is the near flawless Bonney 4098 1/2-inch drive ratchet and the Bonney adjustable socket that was on it when I bought it.

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Some of these have a part number (2550) and patent numbers (1,554,963 and 1,554,965) granted in 1925. Mine just reads BONNEY (30's logo) and PATENTS PENDING. Not sure if Bonney licensed the patents or what, but they didn't own them (W. H. Fisher did). And it certainly wasn't in the 1920's. This piece is a 30's piece for sure.

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The ratchet!

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Re: Wingnutt's Flea Market Frenzy - Version 2019

Post by Wingnutt » Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:31 pm

There wasn't much wartime in this haul.

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Only a Wright brake spoon with a 1941 date stamp.

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I left this Bonney behind, but snapped a pic. It's got a 1944 code, the wartime style, natural steel finish, and looks for all the world like it should be a 1033C. But it's got an odd number on it: 1037D. I haven't tried to look it up anywhere yet.

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