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January 2017 Mystery Tool C

Do you recognize this Mystery Farm Tool?

January 2017 Mystery Tool C

Wheel diameter measures 9 inches.

Find the correct answers in the March 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.
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January 2017 Mystery Tool B

Do you recognize this Mystery Farm Tool?

January 2017 Mystery Tool B

Blade measures 12 by 17 inches. Overall length is 48 inches. Blade thickness: about 1 inch. Entire piece is formed from one piece of wood. What was it used for?

Find the correct answers in the March 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.

January 2017 Mystery Tool B

Mystery Solved: November 2016 Mystery Tool Answers

November 2016 Mystery Tool A

November 2016 Mystery Tool A

Unidentified. Photo submitted by Donna Johnson via email.

November 2016 Mystery Tool A


November 2016 Mystery Tool B

November 2016 Mystery Tool B

Unidentified. Photo submitted by Al Fortney, Clarkston, Wash.

November 2016 Mystery Tool B


November 2016 Mystery Tool C

November 2016 Mystery Tool C

Lemon squeezer. Identified by Victor Fleace, Corydon, Ind. See patent no. 240,858 (patent date matches that on the item in the photo and tool operates in the same manner, but patent illustration clearly varies from the manufactured item). Photo submitted by Joanne Johnston, Lakeview, Ore.

November 2016 Mystery Tool C patent

Patent no. 240,858: Lemon squeezer. Patent granted to Joseph C. Stever, San Francisco, Calif., May 3, 1881.


November 2016 Mystery Tool D

November 2016 Mystery Tool D

Unidentified. Photo submitted by Richard Bader, Middletown, N.Y.


November 2016 Mystery Tool E

November 2016 Mystery Tool E

Unidentified. Photo submitted by Richard Bader, Middletown, N.Y.


November 2016 Mystery Tool F

November 2016 Mystery Tool F

Auto tire protector jacks, used to elevate early automobiles while in storage, helping preserve tire condition. All early vehicles had a hub beyond the wheel and these jacks were placed under the jobs to lift the car. “To use, place the long part with the handle on the floor and slide it over next to the wheel,” says Jack Coleman, Sidney, Ill. “The
short part with the curve stands up and goes under the hub. Pull up the handle to raise the wheel. The hook is to hold the two parts together.” Identified by Dennis Howard, Boyne Falls, Mich.; Ralph Hurlbert, Raymond, S.D.; and Max Kelley, Spiro, Okla.; Oliver Herzberg, Villisca, Iowa; Earl Meyer, Lincoln, Mo. See patent no. 975,600 for a different piece but one designed to operate in a similar manner for a description of how these jacks were used. Photo submitted by James Swize, San Antonio, Texas.

November 2016 Mystery Tool F patent

Patent no. 975,600: Auto tire protector jack. Patent granted to George M. Beard, LaGrange, Ind., Nov. 15, 1910.

January 2017 Mystery Tool A

Do you recognize this Mystery Farm Tool?

January 2017 Mystery Tool A

A metal tray on the bottom of the wooden crate is marked “Penn Dairies Inc. Lancaster,” but the tray may not be original to the device. There are no holes cut into the back of the crate.

Find the correct answers in the March 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.

December 2016 Mystery Tool F

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December 2016 Mystery Tool F

Measures 32 by 18 inches wide. Weighs about 60 pounds. Made of cast iron and iron, except for the auger. Enclosure formed of heavy tin. The drawbar is missing but may have been formed of wood. The unit may have been horse-drawn. No visible paint or markings.

Find the correct answers in the February 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.

December 2016 Mystery Tool E

Do you recognize this Mystery Farm Tool?

December 2016 Mystery Tool E

Handles measure 48 inches long. Wheel measures 30 inches in diameter. Wood brake measures 1 by 3 by 30 inches long. The four clamp-on pieces are 10 inches long.

Find the correct answers in the February 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.

December 2016 Mystery Tool D

Do you recognize this Mystery Farm Tool?

December 2016 Mystery Tool D

Measures 8-5/8 inches long. Handle is wood, painted black. Shaft (measuring 5/16-inch diameter) is chrome. Point is three-sided, sharpened and tapered. Brass collar. No markings.

Find the correct answers in the February 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.