Mystery Tools Contest

The Farm Collector tent at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion was buzzing with collectors intrigued by the mystery tool contest.

| December 2013

  • Visitors to the Farm Collector tent try their best to identify the mystery tools in the first ever "What Is It" contest.
    Photo By Farm Collector Staff
  • 1. Marble shooter 2. Horn weights 3. Carpenter’s stud finder 4. Bicycle spoke wrench 5. Nutcracker 6. Cotter pin puller 7. Piston ring expander 8. Battery cable pullers 9. Railroad spike puller 10. Eye extractor 11. Lawn aerator 12. Hog snouter 13. Corn row marker 14. Poultry punch 15. Spark plug tester 16. Chain pump pliers 17. Dough bowl scraper 18. Cowboy’s combination fencing tool 19. Kindling cleaver 20. Car spring separator 21. Women’s glove finger stretcher 22. Cork squeezer 23. Car spring greaser 24. Cast iron railroader’s flare 25. Stump splitter 26. Roofer’s scraper 27. Twitch 28. Circle saw set 29. Horse hoof cleaner 30. Rebar tying tool
    Photo By Farm Collector Staff
  • 1. Marble shooter 2. Horn weights 3. Carpenter’s stud finder 4. Bicycle spoke wrench 5. Nutcracker 6. Cotter pin puller 7. Piston ring expander 8. Battery cable pullers 9. Railroad spike puller 10. Eye extractor 11. Lawn aerator 12. Hog snouter 13. Corn row marker 14. Poultry punch 15. Spark plug tester 16. Chain pump pliers 17. Dough bowl scraper 18. Cowboy’s combination fencing tool 19. Kindling cleaver 20. Car spring separator 21. Women’s glove finger stretcher 22. Cork squeezer 23. Car spring greaser 24. Cast iron railroader’s flare 25. Stump splitter 26. Roofer’s scraper 27. Twitch 28. Circle saw set 29. Horse hoof cleaner 30. Rebar tying tool
    Photo By Farm Collector Staff
  • 1. Marble shooter 2. Horn weights 3. Carpenter’s stud finder 4. Bicycle spoke wrench 5. Nutcracker 6. Cotter pin puller 7. Piston ring expander 8. Battery cable pullers 9. Railroad spike puller 10. Eye extractor 11. Lawn aerator 12. Hog snouter 13. Corn row marker 14. Poultry punch 15. Spark plug tester 16. Chain pump pliers 17. Dough bowl scraper 18. Cowboy’s combination fencing tool 19. Kindling cleaver 20. Car spring separator 21. Women’s glove finger stretcher 22. Cork squeezer 23. Car spring greaser 24. Cast iron railroader’s flare 25. Stump splitter 26. Roofer’s scraper 27. Twitch 28. Circle saw set 29. Horse hoof cleaner 30. Rebar tying tool
    Photo By Farm Collector Staff
  • 1. Marble shooter 2. Horn weights 3. Carpenter’s stud finder 4. Bicycle spoke wrench 5. Nutcracker 6. Cotter pin puller 7. Piston ring expander 8. Battery cable pullers 9. Railroad spike puller 10. Eye extractor 11. Lawn aerator 12. Hog snouter 13. Corn row marker 14. Poultry punch 15. Spark plug tester 16. Chain pump pliers 17. Dough bowl scraper 18. Cowboy’s combination fencing tool 19. Kindling cleaver 20. Car spring separator 21. Women’s glove finger stretcher 22. Cork squeezer 23. Car spring greaser 24. Cast iron railroader’s flare 25. Stump splitter 26. Roofer’s scraper 27. Twitch 28. Circle saw set 29. Horse hoof cleaner 30. Rebar tying tool
    Photo By Farm Collector Staff

Mystery tools were an irresistible attraction for hundreds of visitors to the Farm Collector tent during the 2013 Midwest Old Threshers Reunion held Labor Day weekend in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Thirty gadgets, gizmos and contraptions from the past were mounted on a display board; visitors were invited to enter the contest, identifying as many as they could. Audrey Roth and Frank Roth, Hawk Point, Mo., earned perfect scores.

The name of each tool was listed on a sheet of paper; contestants wrote in the number of the corresponding item from the display. Tools for the display were donated by Joe Lambert, Batesville, Ind.; Paul Fritch, Cleves, Ohio; Joe Greiwe, Batesville; and Bob Crowell (who also designed and built the display), Batesville.

Four contestants received honorable mentions for identifying all but two items correctly: Jeff Aswega, Ackley, Iowa; Dave Herman, Sigourney, Iowa; Bill McIntosh, Keosauqua, Iowa; and Katie Griffith, Ankeny, Iowa.

Congratulations to these winners and all who participated in our first ever “What Is It” contest: It was great fun for everyone! FC



Note: Try your hand at the "What Is It" contest by visiting the Image Gallery at the top of the page.