Mystery Tools October 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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Mystery tool B.

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

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

Answers for new items in this issue must be received by October 7, 2022.


A. Handle/holder measures 9 inches in length and the cable is 14 inches in length. The opening at the end measures 1/4-inch and it is at a slight angle. Almost looks like it could hold a rod of some sort.


B. Tool measures 7-1/2 inches long. Made of aluminum. Pearshaped cavities are textured on the inside. Hinge opens 2-1/2 inches. No markings.


C. Tool measures approximately 9 by 11 inches. Marked US PAT 44361??? PEND 4527607.


D. Measures 8 inches long. Marked PAT OCT 8, ’83.


E. Measures about 1-1/2 by 10 inches. Tapered ends have 1/4-inch openings. Ends were put on with a rolled bead much like and adjustable stovepipe and soldered. Openings in the cylinder have been punched from the inside before assembly. They are not uniform in depth or alignment.


F. Wrench measures 10 inches long. Marked Westcott the Keystone Mfg. and Buffalo NY USA 10 inch No. 80. Wrench has tapered jaw with teeth.


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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 October 7, 2022.

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