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Busterswoodshop

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Just another " what is it ".
Do you know what this was used for and you get extra points if you know what it is called.
It's 6-1/2 inches long.

Added one more tool.
Added some more tools.
Runner Down
Puller Down
Hatters L iron
Curling shackle
Hat stretcher.
The donut shaped wood are flanges. Every hat style had its own flange. A good hatter had many of these.
I still have the book that these were ordered from. It is dated 1939 and most of these tools were less than $2.00 to buy.

The hat shop was sold in the late 70's. It is still around, but they don't make the hats anymore. They just sell them.
I always wondered what happened to all the big equipment that went with the shop.
These tools were some my Mother used and bring back memories.
Anyone that has ever seen a western that was made in the 60's and 70's , that was filmed in Old Tucson has probably seen hats my mother has made. Lots of movie stars bought their hats at the shop.
The person that started the shop was a walking history book and I spent a lot of time at the shop when I was a kid.
I would listen to her stories and help with the hats. I wish I could do it today.
 

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Busterswoodshop

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It is an actual tool needed for a certain industry.
I have other tools from the same industry.
If no one can figure this one out .
I will add another tool from the same industry.
I have actually used all these tools.
 

Busterswoodshop

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My guess is hat making.
That is what they are made for.
My Mother worked at a hatters for years.
These are tools she used .
The first tool is called a runner down.
The second tool is called a puller down.
They were used to stretch and shape felt hats.

Now if wanted , I will post some more pictures of tools she used.
 

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That is what they are made for.
My Mother worked at a hatters for years.
These are tools she used .
The first tool is called a runner down.
The second tool is called a puller down.
They were used to stretch and shape felt hats.

Now if wanted , I will post some more pictures of tools she used.
Sure, would love to see them. Not something seen by most. I guessed a chase wedge which is similar, but without the rounded nose.
A chase wedge is for bending or tucking flashing for old style roofing. No kin except the tools are very similar.
 
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Old tools are fascinating. I have toolboxes set up for different jobs and depending on what I am working on determines the box I use. Through the years I have bought old toolboxes and every one has had homemade tools in it that I am sure were used for specific purposes.

I make up sets of tools for young people going into the skilled trades and assist them in any way possible. There is a young man graduating this month who is going into HVACR and has several job offers. I set him up with a basic tool set last year and he took 2nd place in the statewide Skills USA competition in April. He will be getting more tools as he advances and the only thing I ask is that he does the same for someone when he is a journeyman.
 
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Actually the 'Sausage' making comment sounded right to me... I'm pretty sure back 60 years ago on the farm when my grandparents butchered a pig and late in the day when the crew got to making the sausage, I'm pretty sure they used something much like the first picture to push the meat into the machine. Maybe they picked it up from the local hat fitters... this was back just when mens hats were gong out of style... I think JFK caused that.
 
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