You never know what you will come across at a fleamarket. You are always looking for something unique and different. Sometimes you will score something nice, other times you walk away with just the usual items you buy for resale.
Normally I have no interest in tools, car/tractor parts or anything like that. However, this past weekend, my grandson picked this object up and asked the vendor & I what it was. The vendor had no idea, and was using it as a conversation piece. Of course, I didn't have a clue either. Looking at the item, I saw the company's name engraved, a company from the town I currently live in, but never heard of before. That is what got my attention, as I am always looking for local interest items to put in my antique mall booth.
I bought the piece and couldn't wait to get home to do some research. Within 10 minutes of starting my search, I found what I needed to identify the item and approximately how old it is.
This is a detachable rim remover manufactured around 1917-1918 by the Niswander Manufacturing Company, Quincy, IL. And it is complete. Quincy had a lot of manufacturing companies back at the turn of the 1900's and those companies sold their products throughout the USA. So in the future, I am going to start keeping a close eye out for these "man" type booths. You will never know what you will find, and at a reasonable cost!
Photo of the rim remover and a vintage advertisement for this item.