February Mystery Tools 2022

Check out these gadgets, gizmos, and contraptions confounding us from the pioneer inventors.

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by Farm Collector reader

A. Board measures 21-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches. Five moving parts. Photo submitted by Rick Kaufman, Danvers, Ill.

metal tool with a metal handle and a threaded piece with a bend on the end

B. Piece marked Bingo Mfg Co., 166 Wren Dr., Los Angles, Cal. Two knobs on end; three notches on other side. Measures 20 inches long as shown (5 inches adjustable; 21 inches fully open).

Vintage wrench built by Bingo Mfg., for use on oil drums or early automotive hubcaps. Identified by Harold Kaufman, Porterfield, Wis. Photo submitted by Jack Fulghum, Fredonia, Kan.

wood implement with half moon shape on top with a triangular cut out in the center and a board going through the center

close up of wood tool with an indent in a portion stuck out

top of a curved wood implement

C. No measurements provided.

Brick form, used for creating arches in buildings. Photo submitted by Paige and Byron Hamblin, Oakford, Ill.

metal tool with long handle and quartered fins on the bottom

measuring tape up against the fins of a metal implement

D. Tool measures about 33 inches tall. Fin total width about 8 inches; height about 7 inches. Tool is quite heavy; made of good, thick steel.

Pumpkin chopper. Identified by John Wilding, Hermann, Mo.; Mike Intlekofer, Bellevue, Wash.; Harold Kaufman; Earl H. Rohrbaugh, Glen Rock, Pa.; and Ronald Bush, Bayport, Long Island, N.Y. “Farmers would plant a patch of pumpkins, often between the stalks of corn in the corn field. In the fall, they’d haul them to the pigpen and toss them in for the hogs to eat,” John says. “If the pumpkin didn’t break open, the farmer went in and chopped them open so the hogs could eat them. I had one like this with a wooden handle and one that had a blade with a “S” shape. They both worked the same way and were used a long time ago. I feel both were made by blacksmiths: nice workmanship.” Photo submitted by Selinda Taggart, Walton, N.Y.

aluminum tool with an x shape in the center surrounded by bubble levels

E. No markings. Measures 9 inches by 5-3/4 inches by 1 inch. Made of aluminum. Slot halfway through appears to accommodate a sawblade. Four holes which have posts with spring are at each corner. Center bolt will tighten down to hold a blade or something. Four bubble levels (one is missing) around the center bolt area.

No positive identification. Harold Kaufman believes it to be a saw handle used by a window installer who would change blades for varied cuts and keep his cuts straight and square. Photo submitted by Joe Gutridge, Newark, Ohio.

curved metal tool with a hole on one end

F. Piece measures about 6 inches long with a 3-inch curvature. Hole measures 1 inch in diameter. Marked 323.

No positive identification. Charles Miller, Boonsboro, Md., believes it to be an early model drive-in spouting bracket to hold the old round galvanized metal spouting. “The long, pointed end was driven into a rafter end or a solid wall,” he says. “The half-round gutter spouting laid in the U-shaped part, and wire clip went in the hole and up over the edge of the gutter to hold it in place.” Photo submitted by Richard D. Meyer, Freeport, Ill.


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Send prints to Farm Collector, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Send digital images to editor@farmcollector.com.

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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 3, 2022.

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