Throughout its history, TATHS has always provided a service to identify puzzling old tools. Queries can come from anyone - museum curators, collectors, or someone clearing out a relative's shed. Whatever the source, TATHS members like the challenge of identifying and explaining mystery objects! These "Whatsits" have been published in our quarterly newsletter - and still will be - but this section of the website will feature a selection of them, generally with bigger pictures than we can print in the newsletter. If you have any answers, or just guesses that might be helpful, you can add them in the comments. To submit a query, take some photos and email them with your question to our Queries Editor, Brian Read, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bob Evans would be grateful if anyone could identify this wood found as part of the restoration work on the Newport Transporter Bridge.
Harry Dodd would very much appreciate any insights into the purpose and mode of operation of this tool. At first sight, it appears to be for shaving or trimming narrow strips of something flexible but, as you will see, close examination raises more questions than answers.
Paul Sillitoe would be grateful for help to identify this object which is some form of hand tool.
Philippa Harvey has a friend who would like to know what this tool is.
Stuart Carey is making an inventory of the Farm Building at Hornsea Museum.
Bernard Drage asks whether any member can throw any light on this early Elwell axe head, which he has re-hafted and renovated.
An interesting exchange on Facebook which may be of wider interest to TATHS members
Following a recent visit to the hard working volunteers at Gunton Hall Water Saw Mill, Mike Swann is trying to identify some brass bars he has acquired.
A Query from one of our new members, John Weston
While clearing out possessions of my late mother-in-laws estate I came across an interesting antique/vintage hand tool.
Yuyang, an intern in Brent Museum and Archive in London has asked for our help to identify a wooden “something” found in the store of their learning room.
I wonder if you can help with a query about old woodworking tools. My son has asked me to try to put a date to two all-steel chisels found on an old estate. I have taken the liberty of attaching a photograph. I have searched high and low on the Web, but have been unable to find anything similar.
John Bates hopes that TATHS may be able to help the Traditional Tools Group in Sydney with an unusual micrometer.
Anthony Baker is hoping that TATHS might be able to help with his research regarding a carved section of chimney-piece or mantelpiece found in the Committee Room fireplace at the Foundling Museum. This was designed by William Hogarth during the early 1740s; the carver is unknown.
Robert Coles would like to find an illustration of an ancient measuring rod used in medieval architecture.