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Old 04-28-2019, 09:14:23 PM
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EBay seller advertised as a metal forming press for stagecoach parts. I don’t believe it.
I suspect 1900 or earlier.
It sure looks good in the old shop!
I don’t see one identifying number or patent date or manufacturer’s marking.
It’s about 33” tall by 13” wide by 3” or 4” deep.
It’s very well made and appears to have all kinds of things going on simultaneously. It’s heavy but I lugged it into the shop by myself.
If it helps at all it came from an old barn in New England.
Please tell me what it is.
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Cracking open Brazil Nuts? Only kidding!
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Maybe if I take a piece of sheetmetal and stick it in there. I do see a kind of punch.
Looks stout for a hand-operated device.
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More pics and a sense of scale.
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No idea but am interested in what you find out.
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It looks like you have a fly press. It would have been mounted vertically to a very sturdy bench. It would have had a very heavy inertia wheel or a dog-bone mounted to the tapered shaft. Spinning the heavy wheel or dog-bone manually would store energy for the pressing. They were used for punching, with dies for pressing coins, or for any operation requiring great force. The lower long screw on yours appears to be an adjustable stop.
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