I dropped in to visit the Waterloo Central railway in St Jacobs today (more on that later) and was greeted by this big old Charles Parker Number 5 1/2 vise sitting out proudly by itself in the middle of the yard. It's obviously had a long hard life and it's good to see it still working!
Here's another interesting old device whose use isn't immediately apparent. It took awhile to figure out, the clue being the "Red Devil" name. We'll do a different format and turn it into a multiple choice quiz. The above device is: a) an overly complicated 19th century carabiner, named after the Red Devil mountain. b) a shoe stretcher (competition for the Coulter product). c) stapler for installing window points Answer here. Update, Red Devil Inc.is alive and well in Pryor Ok. though not making staplers any more.