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277105 Kirk Eppler 2023‑03‑13 Re: [Sender Verification Fail] Re: Mystery Bell System "Mallet"
Real question that might answer Chris' thought.

Does it show signs of being used to bang on something, like one would a
maul would, or if they used it as a mold, or ground tamp, the appropriate
marks from usage?

And on a separate but related note, I shared elsewhere a list of Bell
system tools.  These are from various generations, so may not be old enough
to have a LV tamper or maul or mold, but if someone has some time, you can
kill an hour or three here.


On Mon, Mar 13, 2023 at 10:38 AM Chris Wolf  wrote:

> This won't help a lot, but I would suggest that the price tag could be
> confusing "mold" for "maul", which seems like a much more appropriate
> word for it. How much does that thing weigh?
> -
> On 3/12/2023 10:46 AM, Paul Belanger wrote:
> > Came up with a new mystery tool at an antique mall yesterday. My first
> thought was that it is a commander, but that is unlikely due to the shape
> of the head. This monster is 36” high with a 10” head that’s 6” in
> diameter. The head is a massive piece of lignum vitae cone shaped at the
> end. The  handle is marked “Bell System” and “6” (I assume for the diameter
> of the head). The price tag referred to it being a “mold” (possibly for
> making a mold?). See photo below (hopefully!). Any insights appreciated as
> Google yielded nothing close.

Kirk Eppler in Half Moon Bay, CA 

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