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Unidentified 1917 Tool Kit in Leather Case


Geertsen

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Hi,

 

I have this tiny tool kit and was wondering if anyone can give me any information on it? It looks like something to do with rifle cleaning but I could be wrong??

 

The leather case is military marked and has the code '174'. It is dated 1917 with the maker HATHAWAY, SON & Co., WALSALL.

 

One of the tools is marked 'HEWITT BROS 1917'.

 

The case is the size of a small match box.

 

Any information is gratefully received!

 

Thank you!

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I picked up a similar case but minus the tools a few years ago, and have never managed to ascertain it's true purpose sadly.

Ive seen them advertised as service tools for aircraft instruments, Webley revolvers/weapons and distributors....I suppose all are possible, but would still like to see some sort of period manual actually showing the item or at least listing the contents.

 

lets hope someone can shed some light.

 

Dave.

 

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Hi

I have the same pouch as well, I found it in the horseshoe nail pocket of a spare horseshoe pouch. There were no contents.

 

Regards the tools, the small steel probe with a knurled brass top - I have seen these fitted into a field telegraph key and sounder unit. I have no idea what the tool is actually used for. 

 

With the other tools, they could be used for a very wide variety of instrument repairs. I would suspect that the tool kit was used by an RE instrument fitter. The obvious question is did the soldier assemble a random collection of fine tools that most suited his work or was this a formal tool kit prepared for use with a specific item of equipment ? 

 

Hopefully members will recognise individual tools or the kit.

Cheers

RT

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Hello all,

 

I would presume the spatula type instrument with the black handle and the similar item minus handle could be feeler gauges...used to use similar years ago to set the points in distributors and spark plugs, and the tweezer type tool looks too pointed so could be an internal circlip remover.....would work.

I have seen the three graduating bars with offset ends previously in similar sets occasionally when they pop up on eBay, look like picks of some sort but could be to tension something.

did a quick Google search on Hewitt, and there is some brief mention to American late war aircraft and experimental flying bombs but ran out of time.

 

Dave.

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Thank you everyone for your replies. Some interesting suggestions!

 

I think the general consensus is that they are related to electrical equipment which narrows it down quite well. The only other set I could find (the seller didn't know what it was either) had mostly the same contents with the exception of a few strays which makes me think it is an issued set rather than just a case with random tools. Still trying to research this item and will hopefully work it out eventually.

 

Thanks again.

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13 hours ago, Geertsen said:

Thank you everyone for your replies. Some interesting suggestions!

 

I think the general consensus is that they are related to electrical equipment which narrows it down quite well. The only other set I could find (the seller didn't know what it was either) had mostly the same contents with the exception of a few strays which makes me think it is an issued set rather than just a case with random tools. Still trying to research this item and will hopefully work it out eventually.

 

Thanks again.

 

Have found online, a 1918 trade directory reference to Hewitt Bros of 6 Field Street, King's Cross, London, W.C.1.  They are listed as makers of:- Aero fittings, gauges, breech mechanism parts, printers engineers and stereotype machine makers.  They employed 60 male and 10 female workers.  So presume the tool kit linked to one of these specialisations, gauges a possibility?  They were also involved with light drop forgings and roller bearings.

 

Mike.

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10 hours ago, MikeyH said:

 

Have found online, a 1918 trade directory reference to Hewitt Bros of 6 Field Street, King's Cross, London, W.C.1.  They are listed as makers of:- Aero fittings, gauges, breech mechanism parts, printers engineers and stereotype machine makers.  They employed 60 male and 10 female workers.  So presume the tool kit linked to one of these specialisations, gauges a possibility?  They were also involved with light drop forgings and roller bearings.

 

Mike.

 

That's awesome Mike...very good going! I looked for ages and couldn't find anything at all and I'm usually quite good at online research! Thank you for this!

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