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found this in a box of stuff i was given .any idea what it is ?
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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2017, 02:09:26 PM »
What an interesting measuring thingumybob  :ddb:

Does the anvil with the red blob on it pivot into two positions? The scaling, being red on one side implies that it refers to the measurement to the red portion of the anvil, and if the anvil doesn't pivot then the object being measured has to be an odd shape.

My first guess is that is for magnifying the measurement of something fairly thin such as sheet metal or whatever :scratch:)

(When I first saw it I thought that it was a jewellers gem measure, but I think the small size of the moving 'beak' precludes that)
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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2017, 01:47:09 AM »
How big is a 50p?

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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2017, 02:42:39 AM »
Does anvil has V or slot?

Could this be used to measure set in saw blade? It has a little resemblance of saw setting tool, but that would be very tiny blade and for set, it should have a locking feature.

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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2017, 01:09:57 PM »
perhaps itís a saw angle set thingy for a jeweller! :)

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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2017, 06:01:27 PM »
Some kind of hardness gauge given the large anvil versus the point which appears to be lower than the upper jaw after the point, enough area to raise a burr?
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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2017, 06:04:27 PM »
Sorry but can't resist!
The 50p is to show that we can still produce something in metal that is useable by all UK inhabitants!!
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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2017, 06:46:35 AM »
You slip the waistband of your victim's underwear between the jaw and the anvil, and then perform the maneuver commonly referred to as the "wedgie" by grabbing the black handle only.   

Only if you reach the uppermost limit of the scale can you refer to it as an atomic wedgie  :jaw:

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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2017, 05:17:37 AM »
perhaps itís a saw angle set thingy for a jeweller! :)
the anvil has a v . I have done a bit of research into the name printed onit  "Hatra"  and they make measuring equipment for the Knitting industry . so it's probaly some sort of needly guage
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Pure guess... Looks like a thickness gauge to me  :scratch:


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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2017, 04:06:42 PM »
 It is a pair of seal pliers for putting the seals on electricity meters in the UK. The flat type with the little raised bit at the end, uses bowden cable threaded through the meter screw heads, and a soft tinned copper tube crimpted on to the cable using this tool

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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2017, 04:36:00 PM »
No I challenge that idea, seal pliers would have no need for a calibrated scale

Seal pliers look like this (but there are many variants)

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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2017, 04:38:48 PM »
I still think it is a gem measure - this is a slightly more modern one:

(Image from Aliexpress of all places !!)
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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2017, 01:08:58 PM »
 You may well be right Andrew, but the sealing pliers being used on the gas meter and different to the more modern electric ones, which have a profile exactly the same shape as those jaws, I will try to get a picture of one tomorrow.
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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2017, 01:12:33 PM »
Slight issue Phil is that squeezing the lever on the OP's picture OPENS the jaws  :scratch:
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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2017, 05:17:52 PM »
Castration tongs for flies? :bugeye: :bugeye:

Otherwise I guess gem sizer :thumbup:

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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2017, 05:32:44 PM »
Watchmaker's caliper perhaps?


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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2017, 05:59:27 PM »
I don't undestand the graduated scale where, for example, the 3 on the inner scale is opposed by 7 on the outer scale, 4 - 8 and 5 opposes 9.

Is it some kind of equivalence measure where you measure a known diameter and get the equivalent in another sizing system?


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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2017, 02:28:36 PM »
Slight issue Phil is that squeezing the lever on the OP's picture OPENS the jaws  :scratch:


I'll get me coat!! went to take a pic of the meter seals today, only to find yer right< they are not that profile!! :doh:

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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2017, 11:04:16 AM »
What intrigues me is the fact that there doesn't seem to be a "1" on the scale, even in the resting position it is in appears to be a '1.5' reading. or something similar.  The "V" in the upper arm makes me think it is for measuring something flat along an edge, or making sure it only hits one very small area since the whole 'arm' will swing up and change the alignment.

Still have no idea what measures start at 2 and have the aforementioned  3=7, 4=8, 5=9.

I am actually intrigued by the milling marks to either side of the reading line, as well as the fact that it looks like the scale is see-through plastic?

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Re: anyone know what this is .. not the 50p thats onloy there for scale
« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2017, 06:13:28 AM »
I have been searching the net and found two other tools with similar scales. I think as Andrew it is a Gem measure. The scale could be some other type than the two photos.
Vintage Antique Germany Brass Steel Spring Gemstone Diamond Jewelers Caliper

Millimeter Gauge Jewelers Diamond Gem Measuring Tool