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April 2013 Mystery Tool C

Do you recognize this tool?

April 2013 Mystery Tool C 

This old farm tool was found in a disked field where a barn had been located in the 1800s. The handle folds back and forth. The piece is cast with "W. Ralph, Patented June 18, 1887, Utica, NY." (The photo suggests an 1807 date but on the actual piece there are slight indents on each side of the number and a line in the middle making the number an 8.) The piece sticking up in the center is hollow.

If you recognize this mystery tool leave a comment below.

Check back here May 14 for the correct answer or find it 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.