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Old 05-18-2011, 08:42 AM
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I picked up this millwrights chest with 23 pairs of tongs in it yesterday. The chest is 40 inches long and 14 inches wide for reference. The pair of tongs on top is 37 inches long. They are all old and forge welded. Great shape. Most likely used in a power hammer environment.

The chest is pretty cool too. It has rope handles and a double prong center lockset. Strap interior hinges. Ive got to take the lockset apart today and make a key for it. I was please as punch to get these.

Ive been going to a few auctions and estate sales lately. Prices are darn reasonable. At an estate auction last friday I watched an Agricat loader/dozer sell for $625, a Rockwell knee mill sell for $425, a Rockwell lathe for $450 , A snapon tool chest (huge) for $140 and a 61 Ford flatbed truck with oxy torch, Miller Bobcat, tools galore etc sell for $1400. If you have cash on the hip there are good deals out there right now folks.
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:23 PM
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I picked up this millwrights chest with 23 pairs of tongs in it yesterday. The chest is 40 inches long and 14 inches wide for reference. The pair of tongs on top is 37 inches long. They are all old and forge welded. Great shape. Most likely used in a power hammer environment.

The chest is pretty cool too. It has rope handles and a double prong center lockset. Strap interior hinges. Ive got to take the lockset apart today and make a key for it. I was please as punch to get these.

Ive been going to a few auctions and estate sales lately. Prices are darn reasonable. At an estate auction last friday I watched an Agricat loader/dozer sell for $625, a Rockwell knee mill sell for $425, a Rockwell lathe for $450 , A snapon tool chest (huge) for $140 and a 61 Ford flatbed truck with oxy torch, Miller Bobcat, tools galore etc sell for $1400. If you have cash on the hip there are good deals out there right now folks.
They look to be well made. Nice find.
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:05 AM
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Nice find Mike.
I like the chest.
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Very cool find! How about more photos of the chest, showing construction details. Is the lock handmade?

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Old 05-19-2011, 06:33 PM
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I didnt get to the lock today. Im not sure if its factory or handmade. I havent looked at it that close.

I will take some pictures of the chest tomorrow and post them up.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:19 AM
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Here are some more pictures of the millwrights chest. It could be a shipwrights chest or carpenters chest. Im really not sure. Im missing one piece of trim on the front of the top. Ill cut a piece to replace it.

Note the just started auger holes on the inside of the lid. Im not sure but Im thinking the lock is factory. I havent had it apart yet to tell. I would say this box is from the 10s or 20s at the latest. It wouldnt be too hard to duplicate. The wood appears to be pine and the handles are manila rope.

Hope this helps/
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Yup, nice tongs. Looks like a few good sets in there.

When you gonna pull them out to see what's really in there?
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Oh I've looked em all over. There are a couple of long braces with hand forged bits. I've never seen any like em. I am at the farm but will post some pictures of em all laid out when I get back if you want
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