At a garage sale in Phillips recently, I came across a fantastic old tool of some sort. I have no idea what it is, but I had to buy it. It appears to be solid brass, and has a handle that opens to spread two jaws with hooks on the end apart a couple of inches. It's got a dog on the underside for mounting in a work bench.
The worksmanship in this thing is amazing. All of the parts are machined and it's stamped with a manufacturer name and serial number or something. More photos of the mystery tool are located at the Flickr site.
If any readers have ideas on what this might be, I would love to hear your thoughts. I plan to send photos to the Historical Society as well, so we'll see if they have any ideas as well.