Mystery Tools September 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.

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

Answers to the September 2022 items will appear in the November 2022 issue.

Answers for new items in this issue must be received by Sept. 9, 2022.

A. Overall length, 20 inches. Prongs, 3- 1/2 inches apart. Pusher, 2 inches. No markings.


B. Tool measures 10-1/2 inches high and the base is 9 inches wide. The metal width is 3/4-inch wide and the clamps on top measure 2-1/2 inches in length. Both clamps flip over toward the top.


C. Item is heavy with a threaded hole in the base. Marked PAT 1918.


D. Rod measures about 36 inches long.


E. Piece stands 46 inches tall. Has holes for additional pieces. Top swivels; bottom has clamp-like objects that slide up and down. Marked Baker Mfg. Co., Evansville, Wis.


F. Some kind of cutter/counter. Big wheel causes arm to move back and forth. Razor blade is attached to the end of the shaft.


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 Sept. 9, 2022.

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