Mystery Tools July 2022

Mystery tools and implements that confound us from the genius of pioneer inventors.

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Mystery tool A

Countless contraptions that revolutionized farming in the 19th and early 20th centuries have become contemporary curiosities, or even mysteries. Here are six sent in by readers. Do you know what they are?

Answers to the July 2022 items will appear in the September 2022 issue.

A. The U of this shackle-like tool is about 5-1/2 inches long overall and 2-3/4 inches wide at the threaded end. The wrench-like end of the threaded piece is 3/4-inch and that whole part is about 4-3/4 inches long overall. There is a small hole above the center tang. The end of the tang looks like it might have been broken off a long time ago. The only marking is on the tang and is hard to read: looks like 2835 or 2885. The bolt part is actually a wrench too.

B. Tool measures 28 inches in length and is marked B&M RR.

C. No information provided.

D. Tool measures 4-1/2 inches wide by 5 inches long. Marked Loudens Patent Dec. 4, ’94.

E. No information provided.

F. No information provided.

To submit photos:

  • Send prints to Farm Collector, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Send digital images to
  • 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

Answers for new items shown in this issue must be received by July 6, 2022.

  • Updated on May 23, 2022
  • Originally Published on May 18, 2022
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