August 2021 Mystery Tools
Contraptions identified from the pioneer inventor days.
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. Here are six sent in by readers.
A. Unidentified. Photo submitted by Marvin Hunger, Winona, Minn.
B. Cooper’s chamfer drawknife. Used in barrel making. Identified by Michael Rodemeyer, Hartsburg, Mo. Photo submitted by William Hlavac Jr., Montgomery, Minn.
C. Roderick Lean cultivator wrench. Based in Ohio, the Roderick Lean company manufactured implements. Identified by P.T. Rathbone, Marsing, Idaho. Photo submitted by Jeff Arch, Kewanee, Ill.
D. Pump for a barrel of molasses. Used at general stores to fill customers’ containers. Photo submitted by Ronald Bennett, Victor, N.Y.
E. No positive identification. Possibly a kite string tensioner. Photo submitted by Melvin L. Blackford, Bartow, Fla.
F. Unidentified. Photo submitted by Melvin L. Blackford, Bartow, Fla.
Bob Mitchell, Kindred, N.D., believes this item to be a wrench used to remove flush plugs, such as sewer cleanouts or underground tanks. From the December 2021 issue.
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