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I see some rust but the last pic shows some black residue I thought.
Some sort of Vintage Hone?
As a car has feeler gauges to a car it's as if that is also for some type of measurement , but what ?
I FOUND IT!!!!
The patent for this tool calls it a Can Soldering Machine, it's for holding a can while soldering on one of the end pieces (lid or bottom.) The patent can be seen at the link below.
OMG I cant find anything online and my daughter is running around saying its worth millions...guess we should stop playing with it!