Old Farm Tools – What Is It? November 2010 Mystery Tool Answers

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November Item A.Wooden container holding water for a whetstone. On arrival at the field, the farmer would thrust the pointed end of the piece into the ground where it would remain in upright position, keeping the water from escaping.
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November Item B. File holder. Identified by Frank Carey, Monson, Mass.
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File holders shown in a Nicholson File Co. catalog.
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November Item C. Machine for setting up egg cartons. Identified by Frank Carey; Robert Shanholtz, Winchester, Va.; Ralph D. Maier, Eau Claire, Wis.; and Steve Sylvester, Centuria, Wis.
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Patent 1,738,034: Machine for setting up egg cartons. Patent granted to Martin Burger, Morris, Ill., assignor to Self-Locking Schurmann Co., Illinois, Dec. 3, 1929.
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January Item B. Measures about 18 inches long; grindstone on one end.
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November Item D. Used both to remove curl from a strand of hair and to set a ringlet, as well as set curls in a man’s mustache; heated during use. Identified by James Moloney, Palos Hills, Ill.; Bob Wittersheim, Carleton, Mich.; Frank Carey; Charles W. Caldwell, Greenfield, Ohio; and Bobby McCampbell, Niota, Tenn.
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January Item A. Factory made; measures 7 inches from end to end. Small hooks are about 1 1/2 inches deep and very sharp.
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January Item C. Measures 5 by 8 inches; 1 3/8 inches tall (with lid on). Small tabs on bottom of lid prevent it from slipping off. No casting numbers or marks.
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January Item D. Measures 4 feet tall by 5 feet wide. Marked in two places with the number “630.” Unit does work: When on, the gears inside and the square piece of the steel bar rotates.

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 four sent in by readers. Do you know what they are?

Mystery solved! Check your answers to the old tools presented in the November 2010 issue.

A.Wooden container holding water for a whetstone. On arrival at the field, the farmer would thrust the pointed end of the piece into the ground where it would remain in upright position, keeping the water from escaping. Photo submitted by the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago.

B. File holder. Identified by Frank Carey, Monson, Mass.

C. Machine for setting up egg cartons. Identified by Frank Carey; Robert Shanholtz, Winchester, Va.; Ralph D. Maier, Eau Claire, Wis.; and Steve Sylvester, Centuria, Wis. Photo submitted by the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago.

D. Used both to remove curl from a strand of hair and to set a ringlet, as well as set curls in a man’s mustache; heated during use. Identified by James Moloney, Palos Hills, Ill.; Bob Wittersheim, Carleton, Mich.; Frank Carey; Charles W. Caldwell, Greenfield, Ohio; and Bobby McCampbell, Niota, Tenn. Photo submitted by the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago.

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