Mystery Solved: May 2017 Mystery Tool Answers


| 6/26/2017 12:47:00 PM


May 2017 Mystery Tool A

May 2017 Mystery Tool A

Watchmaker’s gear-cutting engine. This one may have been built in Spain. Identified by Randall Marquis, Tacoma, Wash., and Robert Stoxen, Morris, Minn. Photo submitted by Craig Conrad, Yellow Springs, Ohio.


May 2017 Mystery Tool B

May 2017 Mystery Tool B

Part of an Iron Age potato planter, circa 1900 to 1920. Identified by Jared Skroch, St. Wendel, Minn. “This item screened/filtered potatoes from inside the hopper to the rotating disk that dispenses them into the conveying process that takes the seed to the ground,” Jeremy says. Photo submitted by Sue Gulliver, Buckley, Mich.

May 2017 Mystery Tool B



Interior view of the hopper of Jeremy Skroch’s Iron Age potato planter. All but one of the wooden “fingers” are missing. The unit is stamped “p109.” Image courtesy Jeremy Skroch.



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