Hand Tool Hunting Trip

My wife and I took a weekend trip up to north Georgia last weekend to visit family. While visiting, I went hand tool hunting in the local area.

The treasurers I found are shown in the photo below:

The wrench (Bottom left side in photo above) is a wagon wrench, used on horse drawn wagons. I believe I paid about $3 for this wrench. Plan to hang on the wall, I think its neat (I am a tool nut, card carrying member). Its my way of connecting with the past. I bought this wrench at the “Rabun Flea Market” in Rabun Gap, Georgia.

The blue steel tape shown is a 16 ft tape. I bought it for a dollar. Lets face it, tapes are like clamps, you can never have to many. Got this also at the “Rabun Flea Market”.
Now the brace (The third tool over from the bottom left side) was my best fine, price was $10. As a matter of fact, its probably my best hand tool find, ever. I could fine no identification marks on this brace. It looks very similar to a brace I saw on a Roubo plate dated 1769 (See figure 40 at the following link Woodworking Tools, 1600–1900, by Peter C. Welsh. ). I do not know exactly how old my brace is but splitting the difference between 1769 and 1855, in half gives you 1827. I realize this would not hold up in court, but I am going to guesstimate that this brace dates to around 1850 (Simply a guess on my part). Three additional web site links I went to, regarding this brace, are the following:

Since my brace was the flagship fine, I’ve included the following additional photos:

The depth gauge (The tool on the bottom right side), I got for $5. This tool I picked up in Dillard, Ga at an antique store named “Cabin Fever”.

The two “C” clamps and forstner type drill bit, on the left side, I bought for $3. These clamps and drill bit, I acquired at the “Franklin Flea Market”, in Franklin, NC.
I bought this pair of pincers (2nd from the right side on top) for removing nails and brads. Where a claw hammer would not work due to the nail or brad being to close to a surface, a set of pincers would. The shape of the tool also provides a significant mechanical advantage. I also purchased this tool at the “Franklin Flea Market”, in Franklin, NC, for $5.

The red devil scraper (Top right side) I purchased for $3, on the way home on the south side of Dothan, Al, at “Sadies Flea Market”.

I did not find a ton of treasurers, in looking over what I found. But personally I am pleased with the items I acquired during this hand tool hunting trip. In closing, good luck to you in your hand tool hunting trips.

Web Site Links for the Flea Markets referenced:

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AL

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