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Old 20th Feb 2022, 19:46
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Found at the bottom of Dads old toolbox.

Any ideas what it is? It's 8mm diameter.

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Old 20th Feb 2022, 20:07
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The 'pointy' end looks as though it has been ground to a fine point, so, popssibly a small pin punch ?
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Old 20th Feb 2022, 20:08
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Is that perhaps an old plumbob? The groove at the fat end may be to attach piece of string, but it would have to come out in the centre of the fat end.
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Old 20th Feb 2022, 20:33
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Originally Posted by dixi188 View Post
Is that perhaps an old plumbob? The groove at the fat end may be to attach piece of string, but it would have to come out in the centre of the fat end.
I thought that too but there is no hole in the bottom.
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Old 20th Feb 2022, 20:45
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Could it be ammunition? Be careful.
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Old 20th Feb 2022, 21:10
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Could it be ammunition? Be careful.
My parents found what appeared to be a small bomb in the garden of the old wreck of a house they’d bought in L’ Vendee, 30 odd years ago. They reported it to the local Maries office.
I have a image in my my head of my father marching into the council office in a rural French small town and announcing
“Je avez une bombe!”
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Old 20th Feb 2022, 21:56
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Originally Posted by Jump Complete View Post
My parents found what appeared to be a small bomb in the garden of the old wreck of a house they’d bought in L’ Vendee, 30 odd years ago. They reported it to the local Maries office.
I have a image in my my head of my father marching into the council office in a rural French small town and announcing
“Je avez une bombe!”
Don't you mean a berm?
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Old 20th Feb 2022, 22:03
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Originally Posted by jimtherev View Post
Don't you mean a berm?
‘Ah was pissing the garden when i spitted the berm.’

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Old 20th Feb 2022, 22:49
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A steel AP with the driver band missing / eaten away
Try cleaning the base of the projectile (object) a little bit and see if you can discern any markings.
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Old 20th Feb 2022, 22:55
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Likely to be a work `tool`...? What is it made of..brass,copper,steel...? An `alignment tool`..? or for `flaring` pipe ends..?
Many years ago at RAE Bedford ,I was enjoying a session of aerobatics in a Hunter,recovering from doing a stall-turn,and found the rudder was jammed at full left.This caused a little consternation,and having declared my problem (brake on one side only),used the brake chute .On landing the obstruction freed,,so all okay..Was met by OC Flying,given a `bollocking`..blah..blah...etc..in the meantime one of the engineers opened the bottom panel from the control-run ,and out fell a 12 x1 inch steel bolt fashioned much as `your` tool...!Further investigation revealed it had probably been used as an `alignment tool` when the tailplane trim jack had been installed ,possibly by BAe,but nobody claimed ownership...It had `migrated ` all the way along the aircraft `spine`,and down the control run behind the cockpit,fortunately only jamming the rudder,not the elevator and aileron push-rods...

Did your father work at BAe Dunsfold perchance,Munnst...?
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Originally Posted by sycamore View Post
Likely to be a work `tool`...?
It's a bit short to be used as an awl.
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Old 21st Feb 2022, 00:38
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Was this a general toolbox or a trade specific toolbox?
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Old 21st Feb 2022, 05:09
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Henley Solon soldering iron tip?
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Metalworkers scribing tool?
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Old 21st Feb 2022, 08:20
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Could be an alignment tool. About 8mm would corresponds to 5/16 inch which would be a nice round number for a bolt in British/American engineering.

Are you sure about 8mm? I measure it at over 10mm, but that could be parallax.

Need more pics; what's going on with that slot at the 8mm station? What was dad's trade/specialisation?
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Old 21st Feb 2022, 08:23
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Originally Posted by Jump Complete View Post
My parents found what appeared to be a small bomb in the garden of the old wreck of a house they’d bought in L’ Vendee, 30 odd years ago. They reported it to the local Maries office.
I have a image in my my head of my father marching into the council office in a rural French small town and announcing
“Je avez une bombe!”
Possibly an old Citroen hydraulic suspension sphere, about 120mm diameter. Early ones are two hemispheres screwed together, newer ones two halves welded together and rather more "Kinder egg" shape,

I've seen one in a display of land mines at a museum in either Vietnam or Cambodia.
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My first thought was an Armour Piercing core from a 50BMG projectile, but doubt that now.

Indeed I doubt very much that is in any way explosive ordnance of any type.



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I think it's a Mandrel, used for expanding the ends of copper pipes.

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Old 21st Feb 2022, 10:37
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Originally Posted by Imagegear View Post
I think it's a Mandrel, used for expanding the ends of copper pipes.

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The lateral scratches seem to concur with that suggestion.
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Old 21st Feb 2022, 11:02
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It's been a very long time since I dealt with them* but it's not an alignment pin fro the back of an ARINC rack is it? They were usually spring loaded but I think there were fixed ones too. No idea of the actual dimensions but they were about that size.


*Tornado Infra Red Line Scan
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