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A Few from a Miniature Auction

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Picked these up a couple weeks ago at an online auction. They were the cleanest items I’ve ever gotten.

The PH style screwdriver is 4 inches long and unmarked. Most of the ones I’ve had were marked Germany.

I’ve never seen a grease gun this small. It actually has a bit of grease in the coupler so it might even work.

The 1/4 in. drive torque wrench, that is graduated in inch-ounces, is a Sturtevant, one of the oldest names in beam type torque wrenches. A maximum reading of only 8 in. ozs.

The S wrench is a no. 74 Westcott that appears to have never been used. As far as I know, these are not very common. I’ve only seen one other in the wild and one or two in a MVWC auction.

The micrometer is called a "string micrometer" and is apparently used to measure the diameters of the strings on musical instruments once they have been installed. I originally thought it was called that because of the little boss on the top that has a small hole in it suitable for a string that you could then put around your neck.

I forgot to put in a little brass owner made surface gauge that is just 2 3/4 inches high.

The last one is an uncommon(to me anyway) Hjorth Lathe & Tool Co. surface gauge with a graduated micrometer on top for fine adjustments.


The No. 74 Westcott is sweet, they are hard to come by in that shape. The grease gun is interesting too. I can see why you went after them. I would have chased after them too.

Every one a tiny treasure.

Hello, Mike. Those are amazing tools! Thanks for sharing!!  Regards, Lou

Here are two more from the miniatures auction.

The little Hollands is a rather uncommon salesman’s sample. Plating is pretty good yet especially for being at least 70 years old.  Jaws are 7/8 inches wide, oal about 1 1/2 inches.

The Wilton clone has 1 inch jaws and is fully functional as is the Hollands above. If you look closely at it, you can see the resemblance to the one in my avatar. I had no idea who made it, but in the process of searching for ‘miniature vises' I ran across Paul Hamler's website. While I was looking through his pictures, I spotted on his bench a vise just like this one. A call to him got me a name that gave me a hint of who made it and also he confirmed that the miniature in my avatar was a scaled down version of the one on his bench. 

I finally found the manufacturer of the vise in question after a bit more work. It is actually a casting kit made by Morrison & Marvin Engine Works in Benton City, WA. You get to do all the machining, which Paul said is more involved than he thought it would be. I put the link to M & M below. It’s worth looking at.




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