Recognize This Mystery Tool?

| 1/3/2013 12:03:57 PM

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 Mystery Tool 

This tool was donated to the Barre (Mass.) Historical Society many years ago. It appears too well-designed and well-made to be made by a local handyman. To date we have found no information as to inventor, patents or manufacturer. If any readers know anything about it, we would like to hear from them.

Charlie Allen, PO Box 488, Barre, MA 01005; phone (978) 355-4823; email:

1/27/2013 4:59:27 AM

I believe that this is an early tool used for pruning small hard to reach branches.

Daniel Davis
1/26/2013 3:33:07 AM

This is a dehorning tool that was used on cattle, goats and male sheep. We used one like it on the farm farm until the late 1950`s. There used to be sold in Springfield, Ohio at one time. There were three companys that sold the shears.

Hans Quistorff
1/25/2013 8:23:49 AM

Appears that the handle can rotate winding the cable around the reel. This would give greater leverage to cut horns or branches. I think I will make such a reel handle for a modern pole pruner that has a cord pull without a handle. Thanks for posting. Qberry Farm