This vintage cast iron riveter is marked, "F.H. Smith Mfg. Co., Chicago, USA" on one side and "The Universal, Pat'd June 8, 1905" on the other side. The upper business end turns and is marked, "1, 2, 3" and has a mark like a sideways "T." The old tool can be mounted on a bench with screws, the better to put rivets in leather by pushing the handle down. The handle moves smoothly and easily, good for another million rivets.
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