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August 2021 Mystery Tools

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By Farm Collector Staff

Identify these contraptions from the pioneer inventor days.

Tools A B and C
Farm Collector Magazine editors

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. Do you know what they are?
Answers to the August 2021 items will appear in the October 2021 issue.

A. The square metal end pictured is attached to a wooden handle that measures about 8 inches long. The metal part is angled slightly downward as if to have a wedging effect.

B. Piece made of black walnut and iron. Markings so small they cannot be deciphered.

C. Tool measures 15 by 10 inches; square ends measure 7/8-inch, 3/4-inch and 5/8-inch. Marked Roderick Lean D44.

Tools D E and F

D. No details provided.

E. Wooden tool measures 8 inches long. Moveable lever to open and tighten next-to-end post. Decal is deteriorated but appears to read An Elm??? Product, Maplewood, MO.

F. Marked 700. Left end is a chisel.


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 Aug. 5, 2021.

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 markings on the piece, and your name, city and state. We cannot guarantee every photo will be published. Photos will not be returned.
  • Digital photos should be sent as .jpegs at a minimum of 300 dpi.
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