Kozzy Posted February 27, 2017 Share Posted February 27, 2017 I finally soaked an old wagon wrench long enough to get a better look at it. This was found when metal detecting around my property and might end up in the Ag museum if we're short of other examples (I have to check). Wagon wrenches were once common as dirt and even sold by the dozen so it's not a big deal. But....after cleaning, it appears the handle portion might be true wrought iron (slight fibrous texture to the surface). I was hoping someone with more experience looking at old wrought could verify that. Also, the weld from the handle to the jaws is rather...interesting. Seems pretty sloppy. It's quite corroded but I was curious if the signs implied power hammer or hand hammer. Looks like a power job to me but someone might see something different. The reason I ask that is to narrow down whether this one was a home-made jobber of one of the commercial wrenches. The time frame doesn't really work in my mind. My place wasn't built until about 1928 so I wouldn't have expected much wrought iron in the piles here. Any historical guesses as to the last general date one would have seen wrought (if that's confirmed) used for something like this commercially? I had thought it was getting rare to use 30-40 years prior to that 1928 date. Thanks Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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