Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Send Whatsits to the Chronicle

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Send Whatsits to the Chronicle

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P R E S I D E N T' S

S P A C E

At a recent Directors meeting of ATTIC (Antique Tools & Trades in Connecticut), several friends asked me what had become of the Whatsits section of the Chronicle. A "Whatsit," as you probably know, is defined as a gadget, tool, gimcrack, or gimmick whose purpose is not immediately apparent (to the uninitiated). I told them that our membership probably needed to be reminded to submit their Whatsits to our Chronicle Editor, Patty MacLeish and she would publish them.

One of our most popular functions at the annual meeting is the Whatsits session run by Ivan Risley who does a great job of educating, entertaining, and enlightening us each time. Since so many of our members really enjoy this area of the tool world, I thought I would try to rekindle interest again by submitting a few photos of tools here for you to identify. My hopes are that you will do likewise and send yours to the Chronicle. Below are my tools, three of which I think I know and one of which I definitely need your help.

1. The first is wooden and opens up with a blade in the top half as if for rounding. It is from Great Britain.

2. The second is a hammer. But what kind of hammer? It has a trianglar-shaped head with fairly sharp edges that rotates. It is stamped "PATENTED. …

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