August 2015 Mystery Tool A
Saw handle. Identified by Paul Dean, Foxboro, Massachusetts; Gailey Henderson, Williamstown, West Virginia; Royle Bailard, Alto, Michigan; Robert Scholz, Elmo, Missouri; William Evans, St. Joseph, Missouri; Bob Wittersheim, Saline, Michigan; Leonard Keifer, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Maurice Lange, Hallam, Nebraska; Melvin Brees, Columbia, Missouri; Richard Ames, Mandan, North Dakota; Doug Camp, Rock Creek, Ohio; Ken Rau, Altamont, New York; Rex Wolfe, Oklahoma City; Stanley Deisemann, Shartlesville, Pennsylvania; Francis A. Sperfslage, Edgewood, Iowa; Alvin E. Kallas, Leola, South Dakota; Richard Bader, Middletown, New York; Jim Monroe, Culpeper, Virginia; Buck and Cathy Evans, Ft. Lupton, Colorado; Arliss E. Hein, Fulda, Minnesota; Marlin Herbst, Merrill, Iowa; Robert Thorson, Corvallis, Montana; James Mayne, Edmeston, New York; Ron Clark, Colchester, Illinois; Jeff Allen, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; John Ernst, Iowa City, Iowa; Terrell Propst, Bridgeport, West Virginia; and Lyle Schwarzrock, Poplar, Montana. See patent no. 2,137,800. Photo submitted by Paul Wood via email.
Patent no. 2,137,800: Saw handle and blade. Patent granted to John E. Davey, New York City, assignor to Rose Gringer, New York City, Nov. 22, 1938.
August 2015 Mystery Tool B
Valve spring lifter tool for an early vehicle. Identified by Glenn Lofdahl, Strong City, Kansas; Aron E. Griffin, Shirley, Massachusetts; Alan Duffield, Browns Valley, Minnesota; Richard Bader; Dean Delavan, Cincinnatus, New York; Buck and Cathy Evans; and David Ruark, Pomeroy, Washington. Photo submitted by Duane Craig, Butler, Missouri.
August 2015 Mystery Tool C
Riveting tool. Identified by Harold D. Parman, Topeka, Kansas; Gailey Henderson; Robert Scholz; William Evans; Lloyd Florence, Council Grove, Kansas; Lyle Olson, Faribault, Minnesota; Leonard Keifer; Harry Jones, Brookings, South Dakota; Milo Harpstead, Stevens Point, Wisconsin; Raymond Souder, Hallsville, Missouri; Ralph R. Look, Wichita, Kansas; Alan Easley, Columbia, Missouri; Virgil Koci, Topeka, Kansas; Loren A. Fulton, Caledonia, Ohio; Maurice Lange; Keith Bullock, Jonesboro, Georgia; Ronald Williams, Manhattan, Kansas; Richard Ames; Charles Cowin, Stillwater, New York; Holly Manson, Stoughton, Wisconsin; Doug Camp; Jim Bolt, Corsica, South Dakota; Rex Wolfe; Stanley Deisemann; Francis A. Sperfslage; Aron E. Griffin; Elliott Larsen, Ruthven, Iowa; Alan Duffield; Clifton Buchholz, Carbondale, Illinois; Alvin E. Kallas; Richard Bader; John Haynes, Brownsville, Kentucky; Gordie Scarborough, Grand Island, Nebraska; Jim Monroe; Joseph T. Jones, Carson City, Nevada; Buck and Cathy Evans; Arliss E. Hein; Marlin Herbst; Robert Thorson; Harry Roland, Rochelle, Illinois; Gene E. Jerovitz, Kewaunee, Wisconsin; Jack Foster, Middletown, New York; Edward Regole, Saint Charles, Illinois; Dave Ronk, Odenton, Maryland; David Ruark, Gary Studebaker, Larwill, Indiana; John Ernst; Terrell Propst; Milford Scharlau, Lyndonville, New York; Lyle Schwarzrock; Jim Glascock, Cedar Grove, Indiana; Melroy Wiskow, Greenbush, Minnesota; Leo Vonada, Sylvan Grove, Kansas; and Louis A. Harnish, Wayland, Michigan.
August 2015 Mystery Tool D
Tin tube sausage stuffer. Identified by Gailey Henderson; William Evans; Stanley Deisemann; Richard Bader; James Mayne; Marlin Herbst; Gary Studebaker; and John F. Nagyiski, Felton, Delaware. Photo submitted by John Verbison, Brighton, Michigan.
August 2015 Mystery Tool E
No conclusive identification. Robert Scholz, Elmo, Missouri, believes it to be a bearing/hub puller. Dean Delavan, Cincinnatus, New York, and Richard Bader, Middletown, New York, believe this to be a chain repair tool. “A chain could be pulled together with this,” Dean says, “even with some tension on it, while a repair link was installed.” Photo submitted by Don Schroeder, Berger, Missouri.
Columnist Sam Moore sent a couple of photos to illustrate his contention that Item E from the May 2015 issue is in fact a bushel counter from a threshing machine. A counter is shown on this Hart Junior grain weigher on a 22- by 38-inch McCormick-Deering separator. “At one time I owned a Case thresher,” Sam says, “and it had the identical setup.” He also sent a photo of an acremeter on an older Oliver grain drill. “Most I’ve seen were very similar to this,” he says.
July 2015 Mystery Tool A
Unidentified. Some readers have suggested this is a fishhook remover, but at 13 inches long, the piece seems oversized for such a task. Photo submitted by Doug Olson, Darlington, Wisconsin.
July 2015 Mystery Tool B
Cookie dough dropper. Identified by Harry Jones, Brookings, South Dakota; Carol Erb, Sidney, Illinois; Lorena Bowers, Harrisburg, Oregon; Charlotte Spurgeon, Cuba, Missouri; Veryle “Short” Parker, Yolo, California; Linwood Windsor, Onancock, Virginia; Doc and Sharon Harker, Kewanee, Illinois; Lavone Rosencrans, Independence, Iowa; Gilda Smith, Iowa Falls, Iowa; Jeffery W. Loope, Manlius, New York; Esther Doerksen, Burrton, Kansas; and Randy Winland, Prospect, Ohio. “It looks exactly like an item that we sold in the housewares department of our hardware store many years ago,” Harry says. “It is used to pick up portions of cookie dough and slide them off onto a cookie sheet for baking.” Photos of this item submitted by Virgil Nelson, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and Kneale Alpers, Muskegon, Michigan.
July 2015 Mystery Tool C
William Reedy, Brandon, Iowa, believes these to be two examples of an outside divider board from a Milwaukee reaper. “They are probably not from a binder,” he says, “as binders generally had wider outside divider boards, and they were usually a bit shorter.” Photo submitted by Bret Wilkins, Glenford, Ohio.
July 2015 Mystery Tool D
Unidentified. Possibly a bundler of some type. Photos submitted by Murray Carlson, Janesville, Minnesota.
July 2015 Mystery Tool E
Lasting pinchers, used in making shoes and boots. Identified by Randy Winland; Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minnesota; Gary Studebaker, Larwill, Indiana; Charles Bahner, Smithton, Missouri; and John S. Rauth, Ridgely, Maryland. “Lasting pliers have serrated jaws designed to grip leather,” John says. “One or both jaws are thickened at their base to form what is known as an ‘anvil’. This anvil serves both as a fulcrum (the pliers acting as the lever) and as a hammer for driving tacks. A tack can be held in the jaws of the pliers, pushed through the upper into the last and then hammered in with the anvil.” See patent 372,246 for a similar tool. Photo submitted by Harry Patnode Jr., Marlborough, New Hampshire.
Patent 372,246: Lasting-pinchers. Patent granted to Frank W. Whitcher, Boston, Oct. 25, 1887.
Royce Winge, Ames, Iowa, expands on the beading implement identified in the June issue of Farm Collector. “Patents 886,394 and 1,162,871 pertain to Item A from the April 2015 issue of Farm Collector. The first patent (886,394) refers to an earlier version of Item A. U.S. Pat. May 5, 1908 is stamped on one side of the hammer head; Can. Pat. Sept. 17, 1907 is stamped on the other side. These patents were granted to George E. Morris, Regina, Saskatchewan. The second patent (1,162,871) was granted to the same person Dec. 7, 1915, when he resided in Minneapolis.
“These tools were meant to expand the boiler tubes, most likely, of stationary and traction-type steam engines, to provide a tight fit in the boiler end plates. The tool also curled or beaded the end of the tube to (guessing here) limit the sliding of the tube within the end plate with boiler temperature changes. I have no idea as to whether these tools were used in new construction or for repair and maintenance of engines, or both.”
Patent 1,162,871: Beading implement. Patent granted to George E. Morris, Minneapolis, Dec. 7, 1915.
Patent 886,394: Beading implement. Patent granted to George E. Morris, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Aug. 26, 1907.