4/18/2014

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April 2014 Mystery Tool C

April 2014 Mystery Tool C

Do you recognize this tool? It was found buried next to a barn and has no markings. It's made of cast brass and measures 3 inches by 2 inches. Four spikes are positioned inside its interior. 

Check back here May 13 for the correct answers or find them in the June issue of Farm Collector.

Have a tool you want to submit? Email us at editor@farmcollector.com with at least one photo taken in a well-lit area against a plain background. Include dimensions and any markings on the piece.



4/15/2014

March 2014 Mystery Tools A

Pipe puller used in water well repair. Identified by Loren Lindsay, Mankato, Minn.; Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minn.; Robert Scholz, Elmo, Mo.; Milo Harpstead, Stevens Point, Wis. “This was used in conjunction with a gripping tool on the pump platform to hold the next pipe while the pulled section was removed,” Milo explains. “Usually there was a windmill tower and the pipe was in 20-foot sections. A pulley installed in the tower was used to lift the pipe. This activity helped me to overcome a fear of heights. I grew up on a farm in South Dakota where the ground water was fairly deep and keeping a supply of water for the cattle required plenty of well maintenance. However, hauling water that had been dipped from a creek by hand with a bucket into what had been the tender for the steam engine was not a fun job either.” Photo submitted by Nate Grossman via email.

March 2014 Mystery Tools B

March mystery tool B

Unidentified. Photo submitted by Eric Miller, Mooreland, Ind.

March 2014 Mystery Tool C

March 2014 mystery tool C

McCormick-Deering basin lister for use on the 151 corn lister, 152 cotton lister and the 153 Wheatland lister. Identified by Jim McGhee, Hollandale, Wis.; Alfred Holscher, Elwood, Neb.; Stephen Clemens; Bill Reedy, Brandon, Iowa; Ray Dias, Hughson, Calif. “From what I can gather, this machine produced ditches next to your planted rows to prevent erosion,” Jim McGhee says, citing the 1940 International Harvester Domestic General Catalog No. 40. “The notched discs at the back covered the seed and at each revolution of the wheels,” Bill Reedy says. “The heavy lugs clamped on each wheel would lift them out of the ground, creating periodic small dams in the furrow for erosion control.” Photo submitted by Ed Sloan, Tipton, Ind.

March 2014 Mystery Tool D

March 2014 mystery tool D

Unidentified. Photo submitted by Jack Harris, Mt. Brydges, Ontario, Canada.

March 2014 Mystery Tool E

March 2014 mystery tool E

Automobile wheel lock. Identified by David Ruark, Pomeroy, Wash.; Fred Space, Sussex, N.J. See patent D57,729. Photo submitted by Roy Baldwin, Sterling, Alaska.



4/11/2014

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April 2014 Mystery Tool B

April 2014 Mystery Tool B

April 2014 Mystery Tool B

Do you recognize this tool? It was found in a farm storage shed, and was made by R.L. Carter Co., Phoenix, N.Y. It's marked “DT – 1,” and measures 17-1/4 inches by 11 inches by 12 inches.

Check back here May 13 for the correct answers or find them in the June issue of Farm Collector.

Have a tool you want to submit? Email us at editor@farmcollector.com with at least one photo taken in a well-lit area against a plain background. Include dimensions and any markings on the piece.



4/4/2014

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April 2014 Mystery Tool A

April 2014 Mystery Tool A

Marked “D7” on the handle and “D8” on the hinged head.

Check back here May 13 for the correct answers or find them in the June issue of Farm Collector.

Have a tool you want to submit? Email us at editor@farmcollector.com with at least one photo taken in a well-lit area against a plain background. Include dimensions and any markings on the piece.



3/28/2014

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March 2014 Mystery Tool D

March 2014 mystery tool D

This mystery tool measures 6-1/2 inches long by 5-1/2 inches wide. It has eight spikes, each 2 inches long. The circular base measures 2-3/4 inches wide, the plunger measures 2-1/2 inches long and the handle measures 4 inches. Cast on its handle: “Pat Pend.”

March 2014 Mystery Tool E

March 2014 mystery tool E

This mystery tool's interior area measures 5 inches by 6-3/4 inches; its spikes measure 2-1/4 inches. Markings: “4 1/2 Pat. Pend.” It has a lock and corresponding key. Hinged at center.

Check back here April 15 for the correct answers or find them in the May issue of Farm Collector.

Have a tool you want to submit? Email us at editor@farmcollector.com with at least one photo taken in a well-lit area against a plain background. Include dimensions and any markings on the piece.



3/21/2014

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March 2014 Mystery Tool C

March 2014 mystery tool C

This mystery tool has “IH” stamped on its castings by the wheel.

Check back here April 15 for the correct answers or find them in the May issue of Farm Collector.

Have a tool you want to submit? Email us at editor@farmcollector.com with at least one photo taken in a well-lit area against a plain background. Include dimensions and any markings on the piece.



3/17/2014

February 2014 Mystery Tools A

Unidentified. Photo submitted by Ernie Waldner, Raymond, S.D.

February 2014 Mystery Tools B

Mystery tool B

Splitter (also called a “cooper’s splitter”). A very heavy tool used to split small saplings into three pieces subsequently used to make hoops for buckets, barrels or stave-constructed containers. Photo submitted by David Martin, Wooster, Ohio.

February 2014 Mystery Tool C

Mystery tool C

Fence twisting tool used with wire-fence machines. Identified by Marshall Davis, Frederick, Md. See patent 582,370 for a similar piece. Photo submitted by Henry Beckman, Loretto, Tenn.

February 2014 Mystery Tool D

February 2014 mystery tool.

Bottle capper and cork presser. See patent 602,836 for a similar piece. Photo submitted by Howard Hemminger, Geneva, N.Y.

February 2014 Mystery Tool E

February 2014 Mystery Tool E

Saw set. Identified by Vernon Peterson, Minneapolis. See patent 143,598 for a similar piece. Photo submitted by Hank Padgham, Benicia, Calif.






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