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My uncle is a project manager of construction, on building projects in the city. He found this on one of his sites and gave it to me. What intrigues me the most is it still has a wood handle intact. 
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Another couple views plus the closest thing I could find to it in my tool book. Named an Agricultural wrench. 
 

Notice it says they measure 6-15 inches, mine measures 12 1/4 

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Monkey wrench is correct the way I was taught. You can weld a handle on the other end and twist hot metal when you are blacksmithing like the internet pic below. 

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47 minutes ago, lorenzo said:

Looks like a left handed one too.

Those are even more rare.

My Dad once asked an employee to go to the hardware store and get a metric adjustable wrench.  He made the trip, some funny looks at the store. 

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Looked at the ones I have. Name on them Bemis & Call. Must have been popular way back 

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1 hour ago, jingles1928 said:

A little WD-40 and that will clean right up,

I had thought about leaving it the way it is but I may end up cleaning it. 

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I have attached a picture of a new wrench that I just received a spud wrench proto 1" and one the my lateFIL had in a old tool box I expect it was in an old Nash that he once owned.

Doesn't look like tools have actually changed much since the 1930's

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1 hour ago, Sledgehammer said:

I would guess 1900-1920. Could be a little earlier. 

It’s not really essential that I know, but like a lot of us “we just want to know their story”? 

I thought it was at least 100 years old. Potentially in the 100-130 range?

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I should try and clean mine up to see if it has a patent date on it

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Don’t call me nutz but put it in a container and cover it with coke (the drink) and let it set for 24 hours, check and repeat, don’t forget to keep an eye on it, I did a part in vinegar one time and forgot about it, it was ruined.

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19 hours ago, IHhogfarmer said:

Another couple views plus the closest thing I could find to it in my tool book. Named an Agricultural wrench. 
 

Notice it says they measure 6-15 inches, mine measures 12 1/4 

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What is that book? I think I may need one like it........... Don't tell my wife......

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Aw heck that's not old! I bet Mto has tennis shoes older than that in his closet! May even have a couple of those wrenches still unused in the blister pack. ?

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17 minutes ago, iowaboy1965 said:

Aw heck that's not old! I bet Mto has tennis shoes older than that in his closet! May even have a couple of those wrenches still unused in the blister pack. ?

It is funny you mention that, last year mto posted some tool queries and found some old sets were posted on the web, not blister paks obviously but the old cases were in good shape.

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Looking closely at your photos IHhogfarmer I think part of the handle rivet is still intact. I think it may be a Coed wrench.

For what it’s worth I went back and checked. There are no patent dates on my wrench. However trademark identification on the wrench dates it somewhere around 1888. The A.G. Coes adjustable wrench patent was issued April 16, 1841

Loring Coes had wrench patents dated 10 Nov. 1863, 23 Feb. 1864, 23 March 1869, 1 June 1869, 10 Aug. 1869, 26 Oct. 1869, 9 Jan. 1877, 6 July 1880, 8 July 1884, 12 July 1887, 15 Dec. 1891, 29 Dec. 1891 and 14 Aug. 1894. 
 

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4 hours ago, MinnesotaFarmall said:

What is that book? I think I may need one like it........... Don't tell my wife......

My parents got it for me. I don’t use it a ton but for things like this it’s pretty handy. 298AAF7A-193C-4A85-9D4E-620B7EADBFCA.thumb.jpeg.2a27ecaf4d3d04240842b8270c8adcf6.jpeg

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10 hours ago, IHhogfarmer said:

My parents got it for me. I don’t use it a ton but for things like this it’s pretty handy. 298AAF7A-193C-4A85-9D4E-620B7EADBFCA.thumb.jpeg.2a27ecaf4d3d04240842b8270c8adcf6.jpeg

Cool beans, I like it. I think I seen one of them once upon a time. I like to look at older stuff to see how far we have advanced in the world. 

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Bringing this back to the top I finally got this wrench cleaned the best I can I think. It sat in coke for about 26 hours and this was the result. Don’t know if the color change is supposed to happen or if it sat too long. Nevertheless, it looks cleaner and it cleaned some of the junk off. I knocked some rust and such off after I got it out of coke. It at least has a more defined shape…..

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I never saw your original post. I have a modest collection of wrenches and that very well may be a Coes. For cleanup, I would suggest Evapo-rust. It's non toxic, and it's not an acid that'll eat good eat steel if left too long. I use it on all my stuff, including hand tools and tractor parts. It'll leave a dark residue that's easily removed with water and a soft brush.

A neat fact, if you didn't know, is that that style of wrench is intended to have the head (top end, opposite side of the jaws) used for striking, like a hammer.

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