A. No answers were sent by readers and we’re stumped too. Photo submitted by John Crombe, Rochester, N.Y.
Photo submitted by John Crombe, Rochester, N.Y.
B. No answers were sent by readers; we’ve no idea what this is. Photo submitted by Mike Boehmer, Devil’s Lake, N.D.
Photo submitted by Mike Boehmer, Devil’s Lake, N.D.
C. Wire fence gate fastener. Patent 964,056: Wire fence gate fastener patented by Axel N. Sandquist, Belgrade, Mont., July 12, 1910.
C. Wire fence gate fastener. No correct answers were received from readers. Photo submitted by Chad Winegard, Muscatine, Iowa. See patent 964,056 (next image).
Photo submitted by Chad Winegard, Muscatine, Iowa
D. Boring machine from the Hart Manufacturing Company catalog.
Hart Manufacturing Company catalog
D. Boring machine. Patent 22,379: Boring machine patented by George F. Rice, Worcester, Mass., Dec. 21, 1858.
D. Boring machine. “My uncle built timber-framed barns in the very early 1900s and used a drill like the one pictured (I still have it) to drill or auger holes in timber for the wooden pins to be driven into,” writes Bernard Geisel. “You would put the correct size bit in for the size of wooden pin, set the machine on the timber, sit on the tail and turn the handles. It was a must for timber barn framing.” Photo submitted by George Benge, Jamestown, Ind. See patent 22,379 for a similar piece (next image).