November Mystery Tools 2021

Help us identify these mystery tools submitted by readers!

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A. No markings. Tool measures 8 inches long and 3 inches wide at the top.

Staple puller. Jaws on the tool open and close around a staple with the arm providing leverage. Identified by Dick Kates, Oakland, Iowa. Photo submitted by Warren and Darlene Grey, Burbank, Ill.

B. Tool measures 5-1/2 by 3-1/2 inches, has a blade and is adjustable.

Tenon cutter (also known as a hollow auger) used to drill holes in construction of wood furniture or wooden wagon wheels. Identified by Harold Kaufman, Porterfield, Wis.; Robert Scholz, Elmo, Mo.; Wayne Rogers, Corsicana, Texas; Jeremy Masterson, Cardston, Alberta, Canada; Gene E. Jerovitz, Kewaunee, Wis.; John Martin, Attapulgus, Ga.; John S. Rauth, Ridgely, Md.; Erwin L. Fullerton, S. Woodstock, Vt.; Russ Wabuda, Shelton, Conn.; Dominick Caldiero, Afton, N.Y.; and Jerry McCrery, Alexandria, Minn. Photo submitted by Richard Kirkner, Kittanning, Pa.

Jack Colwell and Andy Hastings emailed to say that the identification of Item B in the January issue of Farm Collector was only partially correct. Both say it is a tenon cutter used to cut tapered tenons on the rim end of wagon wheels – not a hollow auger.

C. Tool measures 18 inches long. One end has a wedge measuring about 1 inch wide by 4 inches long. The other end has a small claw (which goes into a pocket) and a hammer head.

Combined nail extractor and box opener. Identified by Dick Kates. See Patent No. 409,355. Photo submitted by Don Schroeder, Berger, Mo.

black and white illustration of a patent for a combined nail extractor and box opener

Patent No. 409,355: Combined nail extractor and box opener. Patent granted Aug. 20, 1889, to Dayton C. Hawkins, Terre Haute, Ind., assignor to Richard W. Rippetor, Terre Haute, Ind.

D. Tool measures 14 inches long, has a wooden handle and is adjustable.

E. No measurements provided.

Parallel pliers with wire cutter manufactured by Bernard Tool Co. Identified by Harold Kaufman; Glen Klingensmith, Vandergrift, Pa.; Wayne Rogers; Dan Heathfield, Blaine, Minn.; Jerry W. Stanfield, Medaryville, Ind.; Mike Rocca, Rochester, Iowa; John S. Rauth; David Schieltz, Castle Rock, Colo.; Erwin L. Fullerton; and Alvin Kaspar. Photo submitted by Arnold Severson, Hayfield, Minn.

F. Device measures 35 inches tall, measures 5 inches thick from left to right sides. Cone on front is hollow; measures 6 inches wide at the top, 12-1/2 inches deep with a 2-inch hole in the center of the bottom and a 3/8-inch hole next to that hole. The gears shown in the photo are activated by a crank. Extending below the top housing toward the cone is a shaft with a threaded end that turns and swivels. On the side opposite the handle there are openings where items could be attached. Embossed on the crank handle of the largest unit: “45 turns per minute.” The device is one of two (the other one is 42 inches tall) found in an old mill. Some original paint is visible on the cone, possibly reading S H a/u n/r b l ? y.

Sharples cream separator. Identified by Robert Scholz, Harold Kaufman and Rollan Schnitker, Hoyleton, Ill. Photo submitted by Ken Weaver, Harrisonburg, Va.

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