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Does anyone know how this was used. I believe it came from a hardware store. Bottom is flat and smooth and weighs a little over a lb.
That looks like a flatter used in the hat making process.
Used for flattening the felt.
I don't think it is a woodworking tool. I believe it is a lead paddle tool used in automotive body work. It is used to shape the lead used to seal seams, fill dents etc.
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