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Farrier's Pincers, Blacksmith's Pincers, Hoof Parer's
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Title: Farrier's Pincers, Blacksmith's Pincers, Hoof Parer's
Identifier: 2008.27.5
Donor: Fred Nogas
Item Date: 1900-1920
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A pair of iron blacksmith pincers that have two handles with two grasping jaws which work on a pivot at the top of the handles. The pivot is a belt passing through both handles.

Items belonged to Fred Nogas which he collected over the past 50 years. Fred was originally from the Niagara region and some of these tools belonged to his grandfather who had a farm in the area. Others were bought in Mississauga and various places in southern Ontario. Fred has lived in Clarkson since 1960 where he kept this collection of tools.

A pincer is a hand tool used in many situations where a mechanical advantage is required to pinch, cut or pull an object. A pincer such as this would have been used by blacksmiths to remove shoes from animals; they are also known as hoof parers. (Information taken from 'The Art of Blacksmithing' By Alex W. Bealer. 1976).
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