I came across a Ford script screwdriver in my collection. It has a T 873 id number. If I didn't know any better at first glance it looks like a "lethal weapon"! It is all steel and from the side looks like a knife with a bent handle. I have attached a photo. Can anyone give me any info on this tool. There is a hole right below the handle so there may be something missing.
I don't see your photo, please try again, keeping in mind the file size needs to be under 250K.
Are you sure it says T 873? I looked through the MTFCA Encyclopedia CD-ROM and here's what comes up for T-873:
T-873 1909 1909 Hand brake lever. Lever only, no attachments
T-873B 02-23-11A Hand brake lever. To be painted black instead of brass plated.
T-873B 1920F 1908-20 1909-27 Hand brake lever. Lever forging only, D.F. type "E" steel
I have a number of genuine Ford screwdrivers, and not one has Ford on it or a part number.
I believe the Ford script appeared on the wood part of handle,sometime in the 30's.
If the screwdriver is 'all steel' could be a dealer novelty or a Fordson screwdriver.
Sounds like a hand brake lever that was cut off and made into a pry bar. The "hole right below the handle" is probably the pivot point for the pawl release handle.
Maybe someone made a screwdriver out of a brake handle???? If so, I would like to see that. Whatever it is, I would be interested to see it.
Roy R, People want to know!
I'm sure some enterprising soul made this out of a brake handle. The top has been peened over so I'm thinking it was used as a chisel. It is truly a conversation piece. I'll try to upload a photo again.