February 2012 Web Exclusive Mystery Tool

Reader Contribution by Farm Collector
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Do you recognize this tool?

The whole piece is made of iron and the vertical arm doesn’t move. The horizontal round bar is removable and is about 1-1/2-inch in diameter. The two square pieces that are parallel to each other are not removable.

This tool was passed down to the submitter by his great-grandfather; it is believed the tool was used in the old Nelson Gas Engine & Automobile Company, Harlan, Iowa, factory, possibly in the manufacturing process. The tool includes this name plate:

Here is an example of an engine made by Nelson Gas Engine & Auto Co.:

If you recognize this tool, leave a comment in the comment section below.

Have a tool you want to submit? Email us at editor@farmcollector.com with at least one photo taken in a well-lit area against a plain background. Include dimensions and any markings on the piece.

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