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July 2017 Mystery Tool D

Do you recognize this Mystery Farm Tool?

July 2017 Mystery Tool D

The only markings on this are “Magic Scale.” Made by National Poultry Equipment Co.

July 2017 Mystery Tool D

July 2017 Mystery Tool D

Find the correct answers in the September 2017 issue of Farm Collector.

To submit photos:
Send prints to Farm Collector, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Send digital images to editor@farmcollector.com.
• Photos should be taken in a well-lit area against a plain background. Include dimensions and any markings on the piece. We cannot guarantee every photo will be published, nor can we respond to inquiries regarding when photos will be published. No photos will be returned.
• Digital photos should be sent as .jpgs at a minimum of 300 dpi.

July 2017 Mystery Tool C

Do you recognize this Mystery Farm Tool?

July 2017 Mystery Tool C

Gear turns by a handle that inserts in the gear. A spring-loaded lever keeps the gear from moving when not cranking. Shaft on the end can be moved from the left hand to the center or right hand, and is lettered “L---R.” Other markings: “W & K” on top and “No. 5.” Underneath are these numbers: “B 504-155 A234-786.”

July 2017 Mystery Tool C

Find the correct answers in the September 2017 issue of Farm Collector.

To submit photos:
Send prints to Farm Collector, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Send digital images to editor@farmcollector.com.
• Photos should be taken in a well-lit area against a plain background. Include dimensions and any markings on the piece. We cannot guarantee every photo will be published, nor can we respond to inquiries regarding when photos will be published. No photos will be returned.
• Digital photos should be sent as .jpgs at a minimum of 300 dpi.

July 2017 Mystery Tool B

Do you recognize this Mystery Farm Tool?

July 2017 Mystery Tool B

Adjustable on one handle. Only markings: “Patent Pending.”

July 2017 Mystery Tool B

Find the correct answers in the September 2017 issue of Farm Collector.

To submit photos:
Send prints to Farm Collector, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Send digital images to editor@farmcollector.com.
• Photos should be taken in a well-lit area against a plain background. Include dimensions and any markings on the piece. We cannot guarantee every photo will be published, nor can we respond to inquiries regarding when photos will be published. No photos will be returned.
• Digital photos should be sent as .jpgs at a minimum of 300 dpi.

July 2017 Mystery Tool A

Do you recognize this Mystery Farm Tool?

July 2017 Mystery Tool A

Wooden handle measures 12-1/2 inches; brass head measures 3-1/2 inches long.

Find the correct answers in the September 2017 issue of Farm Collector.

To submit photos:
Send prints to Farm Collector, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Send digital images to editor@farmcollector.com.
• Photos should be taken in a well-lit area against a plain background. Include dimensions and any markings on the piece. We cannot guarantee every photo will be published, nor can we respond to inquiries regarding when photos will be published. No photos will be returned.
• Digital photos should be sent as .jpgs at a minimum of 300 dpi.

June 2017 Mystery Tool F

Do you recognize this Mystery Farm Tool?

June 2017 Mystery Tool F

Three stationary tines and two movable (by squeezing the handle) tines. Closed to 1/2-inch at end of tines.

June 2017 Mystery Tool F

Find the correct answers in the August 2017 issue of Farm Collector.

To submit photos:
Send prints to Farm Collector, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Send digital images to editor@farmcollector.com.
• Photos should be taken in a well-lit area against a plain background. Include dimensions and any markings on the piece. We cannot guarantee every photo will be published, nor can we respond to inquiries regarding when photos will be published. No photos will be returned.
• Digital photos should be sent as .jpgs at a minimum of 300 dpi.

Mystery Solved: May 2017 Mystery Tool Answers

May 2017 Mystery Tool A

May 2017 Mystery Tool A

Watchmaker’s gear-cutting engine. This one may have been built in Spain. Identified by Randall Marquis, Tacoma, Wash., and Robert Stoxen, Morris, Minn. Photo submitted by Craig Conrad, Yellow Springs, Ohio.


May 2017 Mystery Tool B

May 2017 Mystery Tool B

Part of an Iron Age potato planter, circa 1900 to 1920. Identified by Jared Skroch, St. Wendel, Minn. “This item screened/filtered potatoes from inside the hopper to the rotating disk that dispenses them into the conveying process that takes the seed to the ground,” Jeremy says. Photo submitted by Sue Gulliver, Buckley, Mich.

May 2017 Mystery Tool B

Interior view of the hopper of Jeremy Skroch’s Iron Age potato planter. All but one of the wooden “fingers” are missing. The unit is stamped “p109.” Image courtesy Jeremy Skroch.


May 2017 Mystery Tool C

May 2017 Mystery Tool C

Device for lasting boots and shoes used to stretch leather. Identified by Gary Studebaker, Larwill, Ind., and Richard Bader, Middletown, N.Y. See patent no. 225,806 for a similar piece. Photo submitted by Jim Heaslip, Hagersville, Ontario, Canada.

May 2017 Mystery Tool C patent

Patent no. 225,806: Device for lasting boots and shoes. Patent granted to Alexander Davidson, Lamira, Ohio, March 23, 1880.


May 2017 Mystery Tool D

May 2017 Mystery Tool D

Shoe/boot lasting pinchers used to stretch leather. Identified by Randy Winland, Prospect, Ohio; Gary Studebaker; Raymond L. Fox, Brewster, Neb.; Richard Bader; Allen J. Vetsch, Rochester, Minn.; and Fred Briehl, Penobscot, Maine. See patent no. 372,246. Photo submitted by Frank Kuehl, Neenah, Wis.

May 2017 Mystery Tool D patent

Patent no. 372,246: Lasting pinchers. Patent granted to Frank M. Whitcher, Boston, Mass., Oct. 25, 1887.


May 2017 Mystery Tool E

May 2017 Mystery Tool E

Unidentified. Photo submitted by Roger Krueger, Pine River, Wis.


May 2017 Mystery Tool F

May 2017 Mystery Tool F

Ice shredder. Design patent no. 27,613. In use, device placed over a drinking glass. Identified by Allen J. Vetsch, who says, “one of mine is similar, except it has a cup mounted on top so as you shave off the ice, it goes into the cup, so you can pour it into your drink.” See patent no. 27,613. Photo submitted by Richard Bader, Middletown, N.Y.

May 2017 Mystery Tool F patent

Design patent no. 27,613: Ice shredder. Patent granted to H. L. Schwarzenberg, Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 31, 1897.


Remember This?

Envelope showing drenching bit

Paul Christofferson, Underwood, Iowa, sent this envelope showing a “drenching bit” in action. The piece was featured in the March 2017 issue of Farm Collector. Paul’s envelope, which
clearly shows how the piece was used, carries an 1895 postmark.


Correction

March 2017 Mystery Tool B

Sam Schoenhals, Ridgecrest, Calif., believes Item B from the March 2017 issue may have been misidentified. In the May issue of Farm Collector, Item B was identified as a PRS-7A piston ring expander, manufactured by Blue Point U.S. “This tool is in fact a wire stripper,” Sam says. “Blue Point also manufactured a piston ring expander, which is similar in appearance to the
PRS-7A wire stripper. The patent number listed in the answer of the May issue is for the piston ring expander.”

June 2017 Mystery Tool E

Do you recognize this Mystery Farm Tool?

June 2017 Mystery Tool E

Item is made of steel and measures 8 inches long. Jaws open 1-1/4 inches; has three settings for round items. No markings.

Find the correct answers in the August 2017 issue of Farm Collector.

To submit photos:
Send prints to Farm Collector, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Send digital images to editor@farmcollector.com.
• Photos should be taken in a well-lit area against a plain background. Include dimensions and any markings on the piece. We cannot guarantee every photo will be published, nor can we respond to inquiries regarding when photos will be published. No photos will be returned.
• Digital photos should be sent as .jpgs at a minimum of 300 dpi.