These two strange looking tools once belonged to my husband's great great grandfather, Quincy LaRue Hiser. My understanding is that they are calipers. I have no idea what they are used for! I guess I have to google ;-)
Back in 1991, when Ted's father, Clarence Harold Hiser, died, and his mother was making an attempt to begin removing his belongings from the house, she asked my husband to go through his Dad's tools and take what he wanted. Ted meticulously sifted through the hundreds of items down on Clarence's workbench, chose what he wanted and brought them home in a sizeable cardboard box.
Down into the basement they went and sat for well over a decade.
A couple of years back, in a grand attempt to "clean" up the basement and in particular the laundry room which is also part of the workbench area......I found the box of old tools. Thinking "garage sale items" I brought the box upstairs to have a better look. Among the old and rusted pieces and parts were these calipers. When Ted came home from work, I asked him what in the world they were. As I turned them about in my hands, I noticed some small letters stamped near the hinges. Lo and behold...they were initials....QLH.....Quincy LaRue Hiser.
None of the items in the box made it into a gargage sale and these two calipers are now in a place of honor--on display in the antique china cabinet in the living room.
Short Bio for Quincy LaRue Hiser
Born: 17 Aug 1869
Place: Stony Ridge, Wood County, Ohio
Died: 24 Dec 1924
Place: Pond Creek, Grant County, Oklahoma
Parents: Henry Hiser and Calista Elizabeth Calkins
Married first: Florence Mabel Brown
Date: 03 Aug 1890
Place: Wood County, Ohio
Child: Leona Florence Hiser
Married second: Isabelle Smith
Date: 21 Jun 1894
Place: Bradner, Wood County, Ohio
Wanda E. Hiser
Orison Henry Hiser--Ted's great grandfather
Harry LaRue Hiser
Leo Westly Hiser
Maurice Darlington Hiser
Quincy LaRue Hiser, Jr.
Mildred Deleta Hiser