Answers to November 2009 Mystery Tools

What-Is-It?

| January 2010

  • November 2009 Mystery Tool A1
    A. After-market float that goes in the air washer (air cleaner) on an early Fordson tractor.
    Submitted by John Miller
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool A2
    A. After-market float that goes in the air washer (air cleaner) on an early Fordson tractor.
    Submitted by John Miller
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool A3
    A. After-market float that goes in the air washer (air cleaner) on an early Fordson tractor.
    Submitted by John Miller
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool A4
    A. After-market float that goes in the air washer (air cleaner) on an early Fordson tractor.
    Submitted by John Miller
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool B1
    B. Farm Collector readers did not recognize this corn shock binder, used to compress shocks. This one (possibly homemade) is missing the handle used to turn the shaft, the rope and possibly other parts. See patents 423,010 and 365,742 for similar items.
    Submitted by Randy Smith
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool A5
    A. From Woody Cone, an original float for a Fordson Model F air washer.
    Submitted by John Miller
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool B patent illustration 423010
    B. Patent 423,010: Fodder binder patented by George W. Willison, Marysville, Ohio, March 11, 1890.
    Patent 423,010
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool B patent illustration 365742
    B. Patent 365,742: Device for compressing shocks of corn patented by William C. Gregory, New Antioch, Ohio, June 28, 1887.
    Patent 365,742
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool B2
    B. Farm Collector readers did not recognize this corn shock binder, used to compress shocks. This one (possibly homemade) is missing the handle used to turn the shaft, the rope and possibly other parts. See patents 423,010 and 365,742 for similar items (next two images).
    Submitted by Randy Smith
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool C patent illustration
    C. Patent 511,885: Hoof trimmer patented by William K. Fraley, Lebanon, Ind., Jan. 2, 1894.
    Patent 511,885
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool C catalog tool page
    C. A hoof trimmer, part of the offering in a vintage Sears & Roebuck catalog.
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool C
    C. Hoof trimmer. See patent 511,885 for a similar item (next image).
    Submitted by Ralph Berger
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool C catalog illustration
    C. A hoof trimmer, part of the offering in a vintage Sears & Roebuck catalog.
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool D1
    D. We don’t recognize this piece but Al V. Wheeler, Yorkville, Ill., believes it to be a salt block holder of the type used in rabbit cages.
    Submitted by John Miller
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool D
    D. We don’t recognize this piece but Al V. Wheeler, Yorkville, Ill., believes it to be a salt block holder of the type used in rabbit cages.
    Submitted by John Miller
  • September 2009 Mystery Tool A
    Remember this from September 2009? Readers believe it may be a drive mechanism, the standard base for any one of several school demonstration and teaching devices, or a hand-powered sheep-shearing tool.
    Submitted by Reuben Gunderson

  • November 2009 Mystery Tool A1
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool A2
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool A3
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool A4
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool B1
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool A5
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool B patent illustration 423010
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool B patent illustration 365742
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool B2
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool C patent illustration
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool C catalog tool page
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool C
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool C catalog illustration
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool D1
  • November 2009 Mystery Tool D
  • September 2009 Mystery Tool A

To view images of all four November2009 mystery tools and accompanying patent illustrations, click the Image Gallery link to the right.

A. After-market float that goes in the air washer (air cleaner) on an early Fordson tractor. “I have a 1927 Fordson with that air washer on it,” notes O’neal Lee, Gordo, Ala. “The air washer held water in which the air was forced across in order to clean it. When the water got low enough, the float shut the air off thus shutting the tractor down. Having water in the air washer also brought moisture into the carburetor that mixed with kerosene causing the motor to function properly. The tractor would start on gasoline then switch to kerosene after the engine warmed up.” Also identified by Woody Cone, Rochester, N.H.; William Ratliff, Middletown, Ind.; Jimmy Burcher, Appomattox, Va.; and Glenn Thompson, Penn Yan, N.Y. Photo submitted by John Miller, Maple Lake, Minn.

B. Farm Collector readers did not recognize this corn shock binder, used to compress shocks. The one pictured (possibly homemade) is missing the handle used to turn the shaft, the rope and possibly other parts. Photo submitted by Randy Smith. See patents 423,010 and 365,742 for similar items.

C. Hoof trimmer, as identified by David Hall, Reynolds, Ind.; Dennis Hensley, Bennington, Kan.; and Dave Hall, Reynolds, Ind. Photo submitted by Ralph Berger, Arnold, Mo. See patent 511,885 for a similar item.



D. We don’t recognize this piece but Al V. Wheeler, Yorkville, Ill., believes it to be a salt block holder of the type used in rabbit cages. “The holes show that it should have been hung up vertically,” he says. “The salt block is held in place by the hinged wire in front.” Photo submitted by John Miller, Maple Lake, Minn.

Remember this?

From the September 2009 issue of Farm Collector , Item A: This item, for which we have no positive identification, continues to generate responses from Farm Collector readers. Bob Rupert, Candler, N.C., believes Item A is a drive mechanism for a flexible shaft tool, such as a dental drill.