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Offline Berryb

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button pliers
« on: February 08, 2020, 10:56:28 AM »
found somethin' else.  "Button Pliers" 4&1/2 inch (actually 4&9/16) Made by J. L. King. There is a brief article in Alloy Artifacts. Thanks
Bruce

Offline Bill Houghton

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Re: button pliers
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2020, 12:49:27 PM »
found somethin' else.  "Button Pliers" 4&1/2 inch (actually 4&9/16) Made by J. L. King. There is a brief article in Alloy Artifacts. Thanks
Bruce
Nice.  And what are button pliers used for?

Offline Berryb

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Re: button pliers
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2020, 01:32:13 PM »
Sometimes called Button's pliers. According to what I read in Alloy Artifacts, they are not sure why they were called button pliers. Not a reference to the patent holder or any of the manufacturers. On the tool itself the stamp "Button Pliers" is in quotes. Thanks
Bruce

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Re: button pliers
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2020, 02:04:57 PM »
I have several so-called "button" pliers in my collection. They all look similar to the one pictured above, and all tend to be from the late-1800's / early-1900's. Guess I don't know where the word button came from??
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Re: button pliers
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2020, 02:10:26 PM »
Best theory I've seen is from a Papaws Wrench discussion back in 2011. See reply #10

link = http://www.papawswrench.com/vboard/index.php?topic=2854.0
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Offline p_toad

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Re: button pliers
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2020, 05:30:55 PM »
As good a description as any (barring some first hand knowledge?).   They don't appear to be made to press together the two-part cloth covered metal buttons i recall as a kid (i was taught to sew as a youngster and still have my mom's Singer).