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Tue Jul 14, 2015, 12:21 PM

Has anyone ever seen an old pipe wrench like this before?

All I can find on it is MERIT then below that it says Stillson Wrench. The other side just has a little box that says "GUARANTEED", and it has the number "14" stamped in 2 places on each side:





I have tried Google and found some different ones, but none that say "MERIT". I also found that Daniel Stillson was the inventor of the "Stillson Wrench", more commonly known as a pipe wrench today.

Thanks in advance,

Peace,

Ghost

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Tue Jul 14, 2015, 12:30 PM

1. Yes I have one similar (different markings of course). As you point out it's a "Stillson wrench".

The early version of the current "pipe wrench".

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 14, 2015, 12:47 PM

2. Thanks... the Idea just struck me to look for MERIT tools, and I found that they were made by

Craftsman for Sears like back in the 30's... trying to find out if it has any value. I was thinking about putting it on Ebay, along with a 10.5" Diamond Tool & Horseshoe Co. flat edged grip/pipe wrench # C-711

Peace,

Ghost

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Original post)

Tue Jul 14, 2015, 12:48 PM

3. I have one very similar - handed down from my granddad. I'll have to check the markings tho.. nt

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Response to jonno99 (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 19, 2015, 11:00 PM

4. I'm sorry, I just saw your post, apologies for the delay in replying....

Did you get to look at the markings yet?

Peace,

Ghost

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Response to Ghost in the Machine (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 20, 2015, 08:14 AM

5. Ah - sorry, the whole thought totally left my brain! I'll make a note to take a look

when I get home.

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Response to jonno99 (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 20, 2015, 10:22 AM

6. It's no biggie, I have been seeing them for $10-$15 on Ebay....

Upthread, I posted that I found out that Merit used to make tools for Craftsman & Sears & Roebuck. You would think that would make them worth a little more, but I guess not. The Diamond Tool and Horseshoe Co. 10.5" wrench that I have was selling for around $25!

What surprised me was, after my 2nd neck surgery & being told I couldn't ever work again, I was looking up Spud Wrenches on Ebay, and sold a couple of mine for $65 each... I picked them up at a garage sale for $5 each! I had all kinds of Ironworking tools.

I had some of my grandfather's old pipefitting tools, but lost them to Hurricane Andrew. I would cherish those if I still had them, especially since I never met him, he died when my dad was 16.

Peace,

Ghost

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