Old Farm Tools – What Is It? November 2010 Mystery Tool Answers

Answers to November 2010 mystery tools

| January 2011

  • November Item A. Wooden container holding water for a whetstone
    November Item A.Wooden container holding water for a whetstone. On arrival at the field, the farmer would thrust the pointed end of the piece into the ground where it would remain in upright position, keeping the water from escaping.
    Photo submitted by the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago.
  • November Item B. File holder.
    November Item B. File holder. Identified by Frank Carey, Monson, Mass.
  • File holders shown in a Nicholson File Co. catalog.
    File holders shown in a Nicholson File Co. catalog.
  • November Item C. Machine for setting up egg cartons
    November Item C. Machine for setting up egg cartons. Identified by Frank Carey; Robert Shanholtz, Winchester, Va.; Ralph D. Maier, Eau Claire, Wis.; and Steve Sylvester, Centuria, Wis.
    Photo submitted by the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago.
  • Patent 1,738,034
    Patent 1,738,034: Machine for setting up egg cartons. Patent granted to Martin Burger, Morris, Ill., assignor to Self-Locking Schurmann Co., Illinois, Dec. 3, 1929.
  • January Item B
    January Item B. Measures about 18 inches long; grindstone on one end.
  • November Item D. Used both to remove curl from a strand of hair and to set a ringlet
    November Item D. Used both to remove curl from a strand of hair and to set a ringlet, as well as set curls in a man’s mustache; heated during use. Identified by James Moloney, Palos Hills, Ill.; Bob Wittersheim, Carleton, Mich.; Frank Carey; Charles W. Caldwell, Greenfield, Ohio; and Bobby McCampbell, Niota, Tenn.
    Photo submitted by the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago.
  • January Item A
    January Item A. Factory made; measures 7 inches from end to end. Small hooks are about 1 1/2 inches deep and very sharp.
  • January Item C
    January Item C. Measures 5 by 8 inches; 1 3/8 inches tall (with lid on). Small tabs on bottom of lid prevent it from slipping off. No casting numbers or marks.
  • January Item D
    January Item D. Measures 4 feet tall by 5 feet wide. Marked in two places with the number “630.” Unit does work: When on, the gears inside and the square piece of the steel bar rotates.

  • November Item A. Wooden container holding water for a whetstone
  • November Item B. File holder.
  • File holders shown in a Nicholson File Co. catalog.
  • November Item C. Machine for setting up egg cartons
  • Patent 1,738,034
  • January Item B
  • November Item D. Used both to remove curl from a strand of hair and to set a ringlet
  • January Item A
  • January Item C
  • January Item D

The genius of pioneer inventors can confound us. Countless contraptions that revolutionized farming in the 19th and early 20th centuries have become contemporary curiosities, or even mysteries. Here are four sent in by readers. Do you know what they are?

Mystery solved! Check your answers to the old tools presented in the November 2010 issue.

A.Wooden container holding water for a whetstone. On arrival at the field, the farmer would thrust the pointed end of the piece into the ground where it would remain in upright position, keeping the water from escaping. Photo submitted by the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago. 

B. File holder. Identified by Frank Carey, Monson, Mass.



C. Machine for setting up egg cartons. Identified by Frank Carey; Robert Shanholtz, Winchester, Va.; Ralph D. Maier, Eau Claire, Wis.; and Steve Sylvester, Centuria, Wis. Photo submitted by the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago. 

D. Used both to remove curl from a strand of hair and to set a ringlet, as well as set curls in a man’s mustache; heated during use. Identified by James Moloney, Palos Hills, Ill.; Bob Wittersheim, Carleton, Mich.; Frank Carey; Charles W. Caldwell, Greenfield, Ohio; and Bobby McCampbell, Niota, Tenn. Photo submitted by the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago.