Mystery Tools August 2022

The genius of pioneer inventors can confound us. Countless contraptions that revolutionized farming in the 19th and early 20th centuries have become contemporary curiosities, or even mysteries.

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Here are six mystery tools sent in by readers. Do you know what they are?

Answers to the August 2022 items will appear in the October 2022 issue.

Answers for new items in this issue must be received by Aug. 3, 2022.

A. Handle/holder for something. Has a metal recess with two set screws on the top. Piece measures about 2-1/2 inches wide by 7-3/4 inches long overall. No markings.


B. Handle measures 12 inches long, 3/4-inch round rod. Four-pronged head marked Vise Grip #W188. Nut-shaped head marked Auburn Ind. USA.


C. Tool measures 7 inches by 4 inches. No markings.


D. Machine found in old machine shop. Has three spark plugs but no wiring. Measures about 2 feet by 2 feet. Marked Gears and Forgings.


E. Measures 47 inches and is 3/8 by 2 inches thick. Span of inside curves – which are sharpened – measures about 32 inches. One bolt hole on the left and two on the right.


F. No information provided.


To submit photos:

Send prints to Farm Collector, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Send digital images to editor@farmcollector.com.

  • Photos should be taken in a well-lit area against a plain background. Include dimensions and any markings on the piece. We cannot guarantee every photo will be published, nor can we respond to inquiries regarding when photos will be published. No photos will be returned.
  • Digital photos should be sent as .jpgs at a minimum of 300 dpi.

To identify an item:

Send answers (with your name and address) to Farm Collector, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Email responses may be sent to editor@farmcollector.com.

Answers for new items shown in this issue must be received by Aug. 3, 2022.

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