Can anyone ID this tool

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My father in law has this tool that was handed down to him. He doesn't know what it is, nor do I. It looks old but who knows. The dial says "patent applied for" but there is no other reference numbers anywhere other than the numbers on the dial. The shaft has a chisel point to it, so when its held into something and the "key" handle is turned, the dial rotates to indicate the change in the face of the dial. Any ideas?
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It does look like a clock or music box part winder. My first thought but the machinist in me thinks it might be an antique measuring device like an early micrometer.
+1 to this is what I was thinking also. My google kung fu is working I think because I did find this picture!

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Do you want to pawn it or sell it? I'll give you ten bucks.

Earlier, this guy brought in a hoozie-whatsis and I want it for my shop. If the right buyer sees ot I can make a LOT of money.
 

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Do you want to pawn it or sell it? I'll give you ten bucks.
Earlier, this guy brought in a hoozie-whatsis and I want it for my shop. If the right buyer sees ot I can make a LOT of money.

Looks very National Treasure-ish. Call Nick Cage or Sean Bean.

This guy (Mark Hall-Patton)...



Seems like there's nothing he hasn't seen or doesn't know about


You win!
 

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It looks like it counts one number per turn of the chiseled end. It looks to be one digit per rotation by counting the teeth. i will be interested to see what others come up with.
 

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It looks like a RPM/FPM gauge used in machine shops. They were common years ago when shops were run by overhead pulleys and water wheels.
 
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Here's a more modern example of what you have.

We use it in the papermill I work in to compare speeds of different sections of the paper machine. You hold the tip against a moving object and it'll tell you the speed that the machine is moving. I bet I can find one of those lying around somewhere at work.
 
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Do you want to pawn it or sell it? I'll give you ten bucks.

Earlier, this guy brought in a hoozie-whatsis and I want it for my shop. If the right buyer sees ot I can make a LOT of money.
I'll give you 25 bucks or a one ounce silver coin, take your pick. And I'll pay for shipping, 5 dollars or a wooden nickle.
 
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