February Mystery Tools

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.

By Staff
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Here are six sent in by readers. Do you know what they are?

Answers to the February 2023 items will appear in the April 2023 issue.

Answers for new items in this issue must be received by February 1, 2023.


A. No measurements provided.


B. Found outside a St. Paul, Ore., farmhouse. Made of cast iron. Piece measures about 18 inches tall. Measures 16 inches wide (including handles) at the top. Opening at top measures 9 inches across.


C. Tag reads American Speed Reduction Unit. A “Rite-Lo Design” No. 2. Built by American Pulley Co., Philadelphia. The engine and saw blade are not original. This machine is self-propelled. It has a cylinder next to the engine that powers the cylinder on blade. When you hold the saw, a lever in your left hand controls the saw.


D. Tool measures about 36 inches long. Stamped on side HOG-DOG.


E. Piece measures 61 inches long, 34 inches wide, 27 inches high.


F. Measures about 11-3/4 inches long. No markings.


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 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 (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 February 1, 2023.

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