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    Default Unusual height gage

    I picked this up in a lot of tools I bought last week. I took it because I'd never seen one like it, and I'm a sucker for old junk.

    Says it was made by the American standard Co. Of Plantsville, Connecticut

    Appears the company was known for metal stamping, and some tool making.

    But I can't find Ny machinist tools by them.

    The wheel in the base appears like it should be a fine adjustment knob, but it only turns a little each way then stops, and the height doesn't appear to change.

    Anybody ever see one like this? Figured I'd as here, where all the fans of old iron & tools hang out.

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    I suspect it's some sort of mounting for a dial test indicator to be used against a surface plate as height check etc etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limy Sami View Post
    I suspect it's some sort of mounting for a dial test indicator to be used against a surface plate as height check etc etc
    Spot-on. An indicator holder is exactly what it is, and yes, large plate or small, large parts or small.

    Uncommon only because... "mostly" we'd use readily-available clamps to attach a DI to our more common VERNIER height-gages, take advantage of the better features of each component.

    Which still works a right treat, FWIW-not-much, "batteries included" or ever needed not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thermite View Post
    FWIW-not-much, "batteries included" or ever needed not.
    Well, I don't imagine itll see much use here. As you point out, plenty of better options at hand. But I still think it's an interesting early piece.

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    Has its uses as a stand on a surface plate, more for comparisons or zero setting than as a conventional "height gauge". Yes, that horizontally oriented bottom wheel is a fine adjustment, and if yours turns only a bit each way and doesn't change heights it is gunked up or rusted or otherwise damaged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Feldman View Post
    Has its uses as a stand on a surface plate, more for comparisons or zero setting than as a conventional "height gauge". Yes, that horizontally oriented bottom wheel is a fine adjustment, and if yours turns only a bit each way and doesn't change heights it is gunked up or rusted or otherwise damaged.

    -Marty-
    Bunked up sounds right. I was able to turn it more, but it wasn't easy, and as the post rose, I could see some crud on it. Bet it's been sitting for years.

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    Spent a little time on this tonight. I got it apart, cleaned off the gunk, and reassembled it. Now it works nicely. Didn't think there'd be a spring in there, but it makes sense. The spring keeps any freeplay from being an issue.

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    Until maybe 20 years ago there was an American Standard plant in eastern CT. Made toilet and other such bathroom fixtures I believe. I don't know if the area was known as Plantsville though. Never heard the area refered to by that name. I think it is known as Wauregan. Anyway this might have been used in their toolroom or made by them for use in their plant.

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    Man, that thing is sooooo kool.
    It would look really nice on the surface plate in any shop.
    It has the old timey straight up/down adjustment knob.
    I always like those because of the sexy way the knob is let
    into the casting.

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