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Answers to December 2009 Mystery Tools

To view images of all four December 2009 mystery tools and accompanying patent illustrations, click the Image Gallery link to the right.

A. Although the piece shown is missing the blade, this is a hacksaw. Photo submitted by Joe Winter, Richards, Mo. See patent 1,497,135.

B. Farm Collector readers were stumped, and we’ve no idea of this piece’s use either. Photo submitted by Roger Hubele, Enfield, Ill.

C. Lubricating device for leaf springs, as identified by Gailey Henderson, Williamstown, W.Va.; Buck and Cathy Evans, Greenville, Ill.; and Alan Duffield, Browns Valley, Minn. Photo submitted by Edward Sindt, Rock Rapids, Iowa. See patent 1,084,181 for a similar piece.

D. Horse hay fork, as identified by Buck and Cathy Evans; Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minn.; and Laurel Pinnoiw, Delavan, Wis. The piece shown is incomplete: It is missing a wooden handle and irons to hold and lift with a trip mechanism. Photo submitted by Roy Smith, Hunnewell, Mo. See patent 64,863.

To submit photos:
Send prints to Farm Collector, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Send digital images to:

  • 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 (accompanied by your name and address) to Farm Collector, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Send e-mail responses to

  • Published on Dec 28, 2009
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