Mystery watchmakers tool.

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    Mystery watchmakers tool.

    I know this isn't the correct forum, but I also know that this forum is
    full of well informed members and so there is a chance that somebody
    might know the purpose of this tiny watchmakers tool.

    The central brass 'spindle' is suported at either end with conical pivots
    on adjustable screws. This spindle splits in two and where it splits it
    has two round pegs which fit into corresponding holes, ( a wheel or
    something other could be mounted at this point I suppose).
    Above this brass spindle is a polished steel, tapered device which
    is hinged and it has a blunt, rounded end.

    Anybody like to have a guess, I'm at a loss.

    Click on pic to blow up thumbnail.......


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    Re: Mystery watchmakers tool.

    The watchmakers forum would probably get you a quicker answer, but a lot of them read this forum too. At a guess, it looks like some form of truing device, possibly with the ability to straighten pinions?
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    Re: Mystery watchmakers tool.

    man that is cool... I don't know what it is, but like mentioned above, it looks like some type off offset finger powered lathe. That is a cool item.

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    Re: Mystery watchmakers tool.

    It is not a watchmaker's tool, it is a medieval torture device.

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    Re: Mystery watchmakers tool.

    Thanks for the suggestions, it's been pointed out on the watchmakers forum
    that it might not be a watchmakers tool at all...this is entirely possible and who
    knows! perhaps 'Unwatched' is nearest the mark.

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    Re: Mystery watchmakers tool.

    Dear,
    After breaking my head for a couple of days:
    I once saw a similar tool, much larger. for small French Pendulum movements
    from mid 19th century, to check if a wheel was complete flat in running, no whobles or something like that.
    this can be the counterpart for pocketwatches to align wheels, to straighten spokes.
    after milling a wheel, it quite often not very straight anymore, aspecially with them old milling machines, on which only one wheel at a time was milled. Only with 2 protective sheets at each side of the actual wheel.
    With the needle you can check any whoble very well.
    That is my idea about the tool.

    regards,
    RJ van Melle.

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    Re: Mystery watchmakers tool.

    RMelle, I think you are probably correct and that is a very good explenation
    of what this tool could be.
    Thanks to all who replied.

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    Re: Mystery watchmakers tool.

    One last thought. Is it for making mystery watches?
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