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Mystery Solved: January 2017 Mystery Tool Answers

| 3/1/2017 10:31:00 AM

January 2017 Mystery Tool A

January 2017 Mystery Tool A

Possibly a homemade device used to press fruit for juice. May also have been used to press cut fruit, like apples, for cider making, or to remove whey during cheese production. Could date to the mid-1800s. Identified by Bill Klenke, Larwill, Ind.; Paul Ryberg, Cambridge, Minn.; and Richard Bader, Middletown, N.Y. Photo submitted by Mary Anderson via email.

January 2017 Mystery Tool B

January 2017 Mystery Tool B

Hand-carved wooden shovels like this were used in many applications. Two of the most common were cheese-making (to stir the curd or remove it from tanks) and production of gunpowder (wooden shovels were spark-free). This one appears to be about the correct size for cheese-making. Identified by Ken Bolton, Fall Creek, Wis.; Lynn Taylor, Tecumseh, Mo.; David W. Nelson, McFarland, Wis.; Bill Klenke; and Merle Cochran, Nekoosa, Wis. Photo submitted by David Ruark, Pomeroy, Wash.

January 2017 Mystery Tool C

January 2017 Mystery Tool C

Unidentified. Photo submitted by Heather Curtin via email.


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