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Old 06-09-2012, 12:20 PM
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I have recently acquired and restored a small old tinsmith's squaring shear, and would like some information. It is missing it's badge, but based on a couple of larger shears I have seen, I think it is a Peck Stow and Wilcox. I have never seen another one this small, it has a 22 1/2" blade. All of the screws and bolts are iron instead of steel, and are British Standard Whitworth threads, which puts it pretty far back. I was wondering if anyone has a reference for this little shear, and can tell me a date of manufacture.
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Old 06-10-2012, 05:22 AM
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Welcome to the forum. Nice shear! Did you look through this page in the library on squaring shears.

http://www.thesheetmetalshop.com/pdf...1922_sectB.pdf
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:38 AM
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Thanks for the link. I see that Pexto did make a 22" shear in 1919 (in the 122B model). I am pretty sure mine is even earlier. Does anyone have a copy of the 1900 Peck Stow & Wilcox Company catalog reprint? Is there anything like my shear in there?
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That shear looks great! Sorry i can't ID the maker, but I hope someone can, cause it looks like a little brother to my 30" shear my Dad bought used before I was born. (Over 50 yrs. ago). Funny thing is, my 7 year old grandson likes to ride the left pedal while I run the right one cutting S-Slip and Drive Blanks from scrap as much as I did at his age. Maybe a fourth generation tin knocker? John
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:11 AM
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Thanks!
I have been able to identify it as a Peck Stow and Wilcox. I can tell from the 1915 catalog that mine is an earlier model than that. I suspect that it is from sometime between 1890 and 1900. I was hoping that someone might have the 1900 catalog reprint to confirm that...
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