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Gate Latch ?
« on: December 03, 2019, 12:29:17 PM »
I am guessing that this is a gate latch or something. Any one have any info ? 4 3/4" long. 8 point hole, and about 3/8" wide. Marked SMITH MFG. CO  AND MT. PLEASANT MICH.
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Re: Gate Latch ?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2019, 04:03:55 PM »
Very puzzling.  But I don't see a latch.  But then I don't see anything else, either.
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Re: Gate Latch ?
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2019, 04:38:28 PM »
Mt. Pleasant has an historical society: http://www.mifamilyhistory.org/isabella/MPHistoricalSociety/, and a museum at the university: https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/class/MCNH/Pages/default.aspx.  Maybe one of them has some industrial history.

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Re: Gate Latch ?
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2019, 04:52:53 PM »
Hello, I tried a few searches before Bill's post, but no luck. The opening has 10 points?? Square shaft on a piece of machinery is my guess!! Same type opening is often seen on commercial door closer arms. Regards, Lou
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Re: Gate Latch ?
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2019, 09:34:11 AM »
I wonder if it is a wood stove lid lifter/wrench combo? I have seen them with a narrow pointed lifter like the one on the left in this picture here.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Wood-Stove-Lid-Lifters-Lot-Of-Five-/133160907221?nma=true&si=9kYxuZLdusbXIePp5Z0JqhhLj70%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

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Re: Gate Latch ?
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2019, 07:02:47 PM »
jdjax got it

wood stove part

took me long to figure out the one I have

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Re: Gate Latch ?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2019, 01:16:14 PM »
Still don't see it.  That device is not shaped like a handle, and 4 3/4" is too short to be practical for a lifter on a hot stove.
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Re: Gate Latch ?
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2019, 03:00:24 PM »
Hello, I don't see handle either. I like "wood stove part" from Skip, maybe for a damper?? Just my 2 cents, Lou
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Re: Gate Latch ?
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2019, 07:48:33 PM »
wrench part for the ash grates  hooks on each end for lifting stove plates.pic is of a salesman's sample /toy stove made nearby in Belleville, Il.
Got a full sized one in barn in pcs., no pics of it.
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Re: Gate Latch ?
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2019, 10:40:14 PM »
The same piece (identical size & shape) appears marked WIZARD MFG. CO. / TIFFIN, OHIO.  If any Ohio wrench / tool collectors have figured out its function, that knowledge had not been widely shared.

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Re: Gate Latch ?
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2019, 08:08:47 AM »
The same piece (identical size & shape) appears marked WIZARD MFG. CO. / TIFFIN, OHIO.  If any Ohio wrench / tool collectors have figured out its function, that knowledge had not been widely shared.

  Interesting- this one was made in Michigan, or at least stamped by a Michigan company.
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