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Mystery Solved: April 2017 Mystery Tool Answers

April 2017 Mystery Tool A

April 2017 Mystery Tool A

Fruit picker, minus a long wooden pole. Identified by Harold Kaufman, Porterfield, Wis., and John Liebermann, Colorado Springs, Colo. See patent no. 1,255,596. Photo submitted by Al Jeske, Browerville, Minn.

April 2017 Mystery Tool A patent

Patent no. 1,255,596: Fruit picker. Patent awarded to Herman Gielow, Palatine, Ill., Feb. 5, 1918.


April 2017 Mystery Tool B

April 2017 Mystery Tool B

Scrub brush handle, missing the replaceable head. Identified by Cathy Schoellig, Elgin, Ore. Photo submitted by Mike Intlekofer, Bellevue, Wash.


April 2017 Mystery Tool C

April 2017 Mystery Tool C

Unidentified. Possibly used in transplanting small plants. Photo submitted by Mike Intlekofer, Bellevue, Wash.


April 2017 Mystery Tool D

April 2017 Mystery Tool D

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


April 2017 Mystery Tool E

April 2017 Mystery Tool E

Unidentified. Possibly used to adjust the angle and hold another arm with a matching end of serrated ribs. Photo submitted by Burton Janvrin, Decatur, Ill.


April 2017 Mystery Tool F

April 2017 Mystery Tool F

Tobacco cutter, “designed to cut and divide soft substances, and particularly for the purpose of reducing the common plug or manufactured tobacco to the form of fine-cut.” Identified by William Evans, St. Joseph, Mo.; Lyle Brand, Powell, Wyo.; and Darrel P. Otto, Crystal Lake, Ill. See patent no. 55,861. Photo submitted by Richard Bader, Middletown, N.Y.

April 2017 Mystery Tool F

Patent no. 55,861: Tobacco cutter. Patent awarded to Elijah Holmes, Lynn, Mass., June 26, 1866.