Sickle bar lawn mower. “I have a similar item that is wheel-driven,” says George Wanamaker, Macomb, Ill. “This one is crank-driven. I believe this is a light-weight mower for trimming under and around landscaping (bushes, etc.) similar to what a Monta mower was used for. It could date to about 1915, and is similar to pieces made by Dahl Mfg., a company that made crank-operated hedge trimmers.” Also identified by Steve Sylvester, Centuria, Wis.; Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minn.; Buck and Cathy Evans. See patent 101,585 for a similar piece.
Photo submitted by Dave Martin, Wooster, Ohio.