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Can you identify these mystery tools?

| 8/31/2010 3:10:41 PM

It seems everyone enjoys a good mystery. For proof, look no further than "What Is It," one of the most popular monthly features in Farm Collector.

Every issue, readers contribute photos of items for the section and others pitch in to identify the items, often sharing memories of personal experience with long forgotten tools. We recently compiled more than 150 of our favorites over the past 12 years for a special edition "book-a-zine" we've called Farm Collector Field Guide to Mystery Farm Tools.

When it comes to antique farm tools it's not surprising that many remain stubbornly unidentifiable. Chapter 6 in the Field Guide addresses those Odd Lots that remain a mystery. We're giving these tools one more chance to be identified and you could be the hero that sheds some light on these stumpers.

Below are the photos and descriptions for 24 unidentified tools. At the bottom of this post, you'll see a field inviting you to "Add Your Comment." Simply post a comment with your thoughts and guesses as to what these tools were used for, referring to the number assigned to each item. We're hoping to get a lively conversation going so feel free to post whatever comes to mind.

So, come on - we've got some mysteries to solve!


4/16/2020 5:48:09 AM

16 rope winding machine, possibly one of 3.

8/10/2019 2:43:53 PM

I found a tool in my backyard buried and it looks like a pair of pliers but as lot larger. And has a hook on one end and a sharp curved end on the other end. It looks to be made of steel that is very rusted but works. I am wondering if it is a blacksmith tool

Christopher Jaquette
8/15/2018 3:46:01 PM

Need help with a little scoop I found amongst some kitchen objects. Scoop shape. Maybe cast iron Serrated tooth in bottom of scoop used for drawing across comething. Thanks.


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