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    Not sure where she found this but my daughter is curious to find out what this is... It did not come with the chain. Click image for larger version. 

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    Push / pull thingy for paraffin lamp pit ?
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    Default Re: Any idea what this is?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dungbeetle View Post
    Push / pull thingy for paraffin lamp pit ?
    It looks so familiar that thingy mabob.
    I was thinking that I have seen it somewhere, and was leaning more towards a religious artifact from old England...
    Until you said a paraffin lamp.

    I suppose that in SA, a paraffin lamp could be a religious experience during load shedding.
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    Default Re: Any idea what this is?

    I think a winding key for a grandfather clock.

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    Default Re: Any idea what this is?

    That is possible... Would then maybe be missing a pin through the hole where the chain is now? . Hoping someone will recognise it and know what it is...
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    Latch locking pin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
    Latch locking pin.

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    Default Re: Any idea what this is?

    Also see below the function.

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    Default Re: Any idea what this is?

    While we have some clever people here. What is this? Looks like some kind of hand engraving tool. Click image for larger version. 

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    Could be the handle of an awl or screw driver. You didn't took a pic of the threaded part under the knurled nut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiceman View Post
    Could be the handle of an awl or screw driver. You didn't took a pic of the threaded part under the knurled nut.
    Unfortunately that broke off. Of looks like there were bits stored inside. And there was a cross cut on the threaded part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luka View Post
    Unfortunately that broke off. Of looks like there were bits stored inside. And there was a cross cut on the threaded part.
    Exactly. Over the ages there were different versions of such. My dad had an early screw driver with a hollow wooden handle. It had a red painted wooden cap to keep the bits inside the handle. The "chuck" part was nicely done metal, like the old proper English made tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiceman View Post
    My dad had an early screw driver with a hollow wooden handle. It had a red painted wooden cap to keep the bits inside the handle. The "chuck" part was nicely done metal, like the old proper English made tools.
    Yup.
    I have a couple of those screwdrivers - Stanleys they are.
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    Default Re: Any idea what this is?

    Let me jump on the bandwagon!
    I have this little part that's been bugging me about what it's for or from.
    See pic below, the hole has a needle bearing that can take a 6mm shaft:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    Let me jump on the bandwagon!
    I have this little part that's been bugging me about what it's for or from.
    See pic below, the hole has a needle bearing that can take a 6mm shaft:



    Mmmh looks like a shaft wrench used on RC helicopters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
    Mmmh looks like a shaft wrench used on RC helicopters.
    Thanks that looks like it, with a one way needle bearing?
    I just tried a 6mm shaft in it and it's slightly bigger than 6mm, maybe it's an imperial size 1/4" which is 6.35mm.

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    Default Re: Any idea what this is?

    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
    Mmmh looks like a shaft wrench used on RC helicopters.
    It's a ratchet spanner. Screwdriver bits fit exactly in that ratchet. They handy for loosening tight screws in small places. Had one in my aviation toolbox for years. Very handy tool to have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcboss View Post
    It's a ratchet spanner. Screwdriver bits fit exactly in that ratchet. They handy for loosening tight screws in small places. Had one in my aviation toolbox for years. Very handy tool to have.
    I wish it was a ratchet spanner but normal hex screwdriver bits don't fit in it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
    Mmmh looks like a shaft wrench used on RC helicopters.

    https://alexnld.com/product/star-pow...rc-helicopter/

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    Default Re: Any idea what this is?

    Does anybody have any idea what these may be for? I inherited a workshop full of tools and sorting through one of the cabinets found these.

    The previous owners background was that he was in the building trade, did some carpentry and at one time owned a 4x4.

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