Old Farm Tools - What Is It? October 2010 Answers

Answers to October 2010 mystery tools

| December 2010

  • Mystery Item A December 2010
    Mystery Item A December 2010- Marked with “IFC”
  • Mystery Item B December 2010
    Mystery Item B December 2010- Measures 11 inches long when opened. When handle on left closes to hold material in place, the tool then measures 5 inches long. The opening is approximately 3/4-inch in diameter. No markings.
  • Mystery Item A December 2010
    Mystery Item A December 2010- Marked with “IFC”
  • Mystery Item B December 2010
    Mystery Item B December 2010- Measures 11 inches long when opened. When handle on left closes to hold material in place, the tool then measures 5 inches long. The opening is approximately 3/4-inch in diameter. No markings.
  • Mystery Item D December 2010
    Mystery Item D December 2010- Measures 18 inches long. No markings. Claw similar to that on a fairing hammer.
  • Mystery Item C December 2010
     Mystery Item C December 2010- Measures 5 inches from side to side; 3 inches tall in the closed position. When closed, the jaws are 1/2-inch apart.
  • Mystery Item C
    Mystery Item C December 2010- Measures 5 inches from side to side; 3 inches tall in the closed position. When closed, the jaws are 1/2-inch apart.
  • Mystery Item A October 2010
    Mystery Item A October 2010. Ecraseur, a veterinary surgical tool used to remove ovaries in large animals; sometimes used to castrate horses or bulls. Identified by J.E. Benson, Galesburg, Ill.; P.T. Rathbone, Marsing, Idaho; Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minn.; Buck and Cathy Evans, Ft. Lupton, Colo.; Jim Glascock, Cedar Grove, Ind.; and Joseph Helms, Edwardsville, Ill. Dr. John S. Townsend IV, Garland, Texas, takes a slightly different tack, suggesting that the piece is a tonsil snare used in performing tonsillectomies in the early years of the last century. It could be a veterinary surgical tool, he notes, “but I think the size and construction makes it far more likely that this is indeed a tonsil snare.” Photo submitted by Stan Koehn, Wichita, Kan. See Patent 421,082. 
    Photo submitted by Stan Koehn, Wichita, Kan.
  • Mystery Item D December 2010
     Mystery Item D December 2010- Measures 18 inches long. No markings. Claw similar to that on a fairing hammer.
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    Mystery Item B October 2010. Tire tool used to remove and replace tires. Photo submitted by Dean Klegstad, Middle River, Minn. See patent 1,093,825. 
    Photo submitted by Dean Klegstad, Middle River, Minn.
  • Patent 421,082
    Patent 421,082: Ecraseur. Patent granted to Francis J. Mesle, Chicago, Feb. 11, 1890.
  • Patent 1,093,825
    Patent 1,093,825: Tire tool. Patent granted to George W. Bryant, New York, N.Y., April 21, 1914.
  • Tire tool used to remove and replace tires.
    Mystery Item B October 2010. Tire tool used to remove and replace tires. Photo submitted by Dean Klegstad, Middle River, Minn. See patent 1,093,825. 
    Photo submitted by Dean Klegstad, Middle River, Minn.
  • Vulcanizing tool
    Mystery Item C October 2010.Vulcanizing tool. Identified by Fred Courser, Concord, N.H., and Ronald Young, Madison, Ind. Photo submitted by Elias Nyberg, Stow, Mass. See patent 1,312,364. 
    Photo submitted by Elias Nyberg, Stow, Mass.
  • Patent 1,927,748
    Patent 1,927,748: Cow poke. Patent granted to Eugene Karolus, Harper, Kan., Sept. 19, 1933.
  • Cow poke
    Mystery Item D October 2010. Cow poke. “My grandfather called this a ‘yoke,’” explains Steven R. Bertrand, Lake Dallas, Texas. “More than one of his cows wore one of these contraptions around their necks to keep them from pushing too far through strands of barbed wire fences. It made for good neighbors by keeping his cows in his pastures instead of the neighbors’ pastures. The bent points at the extreme ends of the yoke faced forward on the animal and helped ensure individual wires wouldn’t slip past the end of the yoke as the cow pushed into the span of fence. The points closer to the neckband pushed back against the cow’s neck and shoulders to discourage her from pushing too hard against the fence. As long as she stayed away from the fence she didn’t have to worry about the points digging into her hide. I guess it worked pretty well because I don’t ever remember having to go chase one of those cows back into our property!” From a note from John Townsend: “Some cattle that my grandfather said ‘could go through a stovepipe’ learned to turn their heads sideways and work the yoke between the fencewires.”Also identified by Mike Deplazes, Crary, N.D.; Rudy Miller, Wortham, Texas; Ray Archibald, Leavenworth, Ind.; Ray Kaufman, Sigel, Ill.; Robert Winzer, Atchison, Kan.; Loren W. Sievert, Glencoe, Minn.; Jason Stodola, Clarkson, Neb.; Lyle Olson, Fairbault, Minn.; Marvin Roach, Mulberry, Ill.; Ronald Schilmoeller, Remsen, Iowa; Donald D. Sarchet, Tulia, Texas; Darrell Combs (who also cited patent 1,228,913 for a similar piece), Citrus Heights, Calif.; Bill Calderwood, Sterling, Kan.; Dusty Sawyer, Springtown, Texas; Alvin Kaspar, Crete, Neb.; Ken Hunter, Allerton, Ill.; Larry Beam, Topeka, Kan.; Stephen Clemens; Fred Courser; Richard Hennis, Lewisville, Minn.; Donald W. Walker, Buchanan, Va.; Sol Evans, Yates Center, Kan.; L.C. Fornes, Kathryn, N.D.; Corwin Tubbs, Applegate, Mich.; Daniel Healy, Calimesa, Calif.; Louis Harnish, Wayland, Mich.; J.W. Durham, Bluffton, Ga.; Mark Pritchard, Spalding, Neb.; Ralph Rader, Kansas City, Kan.; Bob Sterneker, Cunningham, Kan.; Robert Trunk, Princeton, Minn.; Buck and Cathy Evans; Jim Glascock; Ronald Young; Joseph Helms; Bob Wittersheim, Carleton, Mich.; Don Nelson, Arvada, Colo.; Gary Vollman, Willamina, Ore.; John S. Townsend IV; Leroy Toth, Elk River, Minn.; Garry Vanderweert, Geneseo, N.Y.; Sheldon Malmedel; Gene Haley, Wales, Mich.; Dale L. Leighow, Catawissa, Pa.; Ralph Roming, Roaring Springs, Texas; S.T. Langdon, Batavia, N.Y.; Fred Rhinehart, Piedmont, Ala.; Erwin Fullerton, S. Woodstock, Vt.; Ken Zentner, Falls City, Neb.; Jack McCall, Greenville, S.C. Photo submitted by John Crofoot, New Era, Mich. See patent 1,927,748. 
    Photo submitted by John Crofoot, New Era, Mich.
  • Patent 1,312,364
    Patent 1,312,364: Vulcanizing apparatus. Patent granted to Clarence A. Shaler, Waupon, Wis., Aug. 5, 1919.

  • Mystery Item A December 2010
  • Mystery Item B December 2010
  • Mystery Item A December 2010
  • Mystery Item B December 2010
  • Mystery Item D December 2010
  • Mystery Item C December 2010
  • Mystery Item C
  • Mystery Item A October 2010
  • Mystery Item D December 2010
  • wii-oct10-b1
  • Patent 421,082
  • Patent 1,093,825
  • Tire tool used to remove and replace tires.
  • Vulcanizing tool
  • Patent 1,927,748
  • Cow poke
  • Patent 1,312,364

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 September 2010 issue.

A. Ecraseur, a veterinary surgical tool used to remove ovaries in large animals; sometimes used to castrate horses or bulls. Identified by J.E. Benson, Galesburg, Ill.; P.T. Rathbone, Marsing, Idaho; Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minn.; Buck and Cathy Evans, Ft. Lupton, Colo.; Jim Glascock, Cedar Grove, Ind.; and Joseph Helms, Edwardsville, Ill.
Dr. John S. Townsend IV, Garland, Texas, takes a slightly different tack, suggesting that the piece is a tonsil snare used in performing tonsillectomies in the early years of the last century. It could be a veterinary surgical tool, he notes, “but I think the size and construction makes it far more likely that this is indeed a tonsil snare.”Photo submitted by Stan Koehn, Wichita, Kan. 

B. Tire tool used to remove and replace tires. Photo submitted by Dean Klegstad, Middle River, Minn. 

C.Vulcanizing tool. Identified by Fred Courser, Concord, N.H., and Ronald Young, Madison, Ind. Photo submitted by Elias Nyberg, Stow, Mass. 



D. Cow poke. “My grandfather called this a ‘yoke,’” explains Steven R. Bertrand, Lake Dallas, Texas. “More than one of his cows wore one of these contraptions around their necks to keep them from pushing too far through strands of barbed wire fences. It made for good neighbors by keeping his cows in his pastures instead of the neighbors’ pastures. The bent points at the extreme ends of the yoke faced forward on the animal and helped ensure individual wires wouldn’t slip past the end of the yoke as the cow pushed into the span of fence. The points closer to the neckband pushed back against the cow’s neck and shoulders to discourage her from pushing too hard against the fence. As long as she stayed away from the fence she didn’t have to worry about the points digging into her hide. I guess it worked pretty well because I don’t ever remember having to go chase one of those cows back into our property!”
From a note from John Townsend: “Some cattle that my grandfather said ‘could go through a stovepipe’ learned to turn their heads sideways and work the yoke between the fencewires.”
Also identified by Mike Deplazes, Crary, N.D.; Rudy Miller, Wortham, Texas; Ray Archibald, Leavenworth, Ind.; Ray Kaufman, Sigel, Ill.; Robert Winzer, Atchison, Kan.; Loren W. Sievert, Glencoe, Minn.; Jason Stodola, Clarkson, Neb.; Lyle Olson, Fairbault, Minn.; Marvin Roach, Mulberry, Ill.; Ronald Schilmoeller, Remsen, Iowa; Donald D. Sarchet, Tulia, Texas; Darrell Combs (who also cited patent 1,228,913 for a similar piece), Citrus Heights, Calif.; Bill Calderwood, Sterling, Kan.; Dusty Sawyer, Springtown, Texas; Alvin Kaspar, Crete, Neb.; Ken Hunter, Allerton, Ill.; Larry Beam, Topeka, Kan.; Stephen Clemens; Fred Courser; Richard Hennis, Lewisville, Minn.; Donald W. Walker, Buchanan, Va.; Sol Evans, Yates Center, Kan.; L.C. Fornes, Kathryn, N.D.; Corwin Tubbs, Applegate, Mich.; Daniel Healy, Calimesa, Calif.; Louis Harnish, Wayland, Mich.; J.W. Durham, Bluffton, Ga.; Mark Pritchard, Spalding, Neb.; Ralph Rader, Kansas City, Kan.; Bob Sterneker, Cunningham, Kan.; Robert Trunk, Princeton, Minn.; Buck and Cathy Evans; Jim Glascock; Ronald Young; Joseph Helms; Bob Wittersheim, Carleton, Mich.; Don Nelson, Arvada, Colo.; Gary Vollman, Willamina, Ore.; John S. Townsend IV; Leroy Toth, Elk River, Minn.; Garry Vanderweert, Geneseo, N.Y.; Sheldon Malmedel; Gene Haley, Wales, Mich.; Dale L. Leighow, Catawissa, Pa.; Ralph Roming, Roaring Springs, Texas; S.T. Langdon, Batavia, N.Y.; Fred Rhinehart, Piedmont, Ala.; Erwin Fullerton, S. Woodstock, Vt.; Ken Zentner, Falls City, Neb.; Jack McCall, Greenville, S.C. Photo submitted by John Crofoot, New Era, Mich. 

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