Tony Murland has loaned this first object to TATHS and would welcome ideas from members as to what it is....

 

 

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Meanwhile,  Tony Waldis has sent in photos of another tool which he believes has the same purpose.

 

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#1 AndyT 2018-09-09 11:10
The big clue is the name Jas Hinks & Son Ltd on the handle. A quick search shows that Hinks were a big Birmingham maker of oil lamps. A further search will bring up an auction listing for a similar item which identifies it as an oil lamp wick trimmer. Presumably you put the 'guillotine' opening over the end of the wick and the opposing angles of the outer blade will shear it off neatly without sliding away as scissors would.
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