ANSWERS TO DECEMBER MYSTERY TOOLS.
B. Attachment to hold Starrett indicator (used to take precise measurements in machining, layout and inspection work) on a surface gauge. Identified by Stan Seevers, Argenta, Ill.; David Ruark, Pomeroy, Wash.; Bruce Ward, Rice Lake, Minn, (who also sent a great catalog image of the tool); Bill Brown, New Ulm, Minn.; Jay Button, St. Charles, Minn.; Randall Marquis, Tacoma, Wash.; Martin Mansfield, Webster, Wis.; Marty Vinson, Lake St. Louis, Mo.; John S. Rauth, Ridgely, Md.; Hal Locke, Amberg, Wis.; John Gruman, Waterloo, Iowa; Richard Nelson, Wayzata, Minn.; Gary Campbell, Troy, Ohio; William Copeland, Assonet, Mass.; and Delbert Trew, Alanreed, Texas. "This is an L.S. Starrett dial indicator holder," explains Stan Seevers. "It came in a kit with a Starrett Last Word dial indicator. The flat bar was clamped to a cutting tool holder on a metal lathe and the indicator clamped on to the flexible .161-diameter shank. Most dial indicators would also fit this holder. Many tool and die makers and machinists had these." Photo submitted by Henry Beckman, Loretta, Tenn.
C. Churn. The churn was produced in varied sizes. This one, referred to as a table-top churn, was particularly popular and was sold by Montgomery Ward & Co. Identified by Glen Hagen, Webster, S.D.; Leonard Keifer, Gaithersburg, Md.; David Hobza, Edmond, Okla.; Randall Marquis; C.J. Shortridge, Dagsboro, Del; Stan Seevers; David Ruark; Jim Frank, Springfield, Ill.; Sherb Mabie, Kennan, Wis.; Fred Briehl, Penobscot, Maine; John S. Rauth; Delbert Trew; Martin Hallenberger, Arnold, Mo.; George Kyger, Thorntown, Ind.; Ron Bush, Brookhaven, N.Y.; Greg Osimitz, Merrill, Wis.; Paul Schoborg; William Copeland; Raymond Burdge, Spring Run, Pa.; Roland I. Jenkins, Purcellville, Va.; and Dana Timms. See patent no. 211,756. Photo submitted by Leo Bush, Bastrop, Texas.
D. No positive identification. Harold Kaufman, Porterfield, Wis., worked in a sawmill for five years. He believes these to be wire ends from the banding machine that tightened and wound the two wire ends together on bundles of slabs or lumber. Andrew Tabak, Weston, Mass., says that if the loops are copper, they may be loops of electrical power line from telephone pole insulators. Delbert Trew believes them to be small, cast-off snippets of the baling wire used in early wire-tie hay baling equipment. Photo submitted by Tom Clyde, Woodland, Utah.
E. Unidentified. Delbert Trew believes it to be a hot potato dispenser, used to stab and release a hot potato when serving. Photo submitted by Larry Bullock via email.
F. A "puddler," pulled behind a one-way plow or disc to make small divots to hold water, helping control erosion. Identified by Robert Gayler, Boise City, Okla.; Delbert Trew; Mike Obach, Belfield, N.D.; and Robert Timms, Cando, N.D. Photo submitted by Neil LeMoine, Bellingham, Wash.
Patent no. 211,756: Churn. Patent granted |an. 28, 1879, to John McAnespey, Philadelphia, Pa.
From Craig Starr, Masonville, Iowa: "I shouldn't have missed the Draw Gauge Leather Strap Cutter shown in the Mystery Tools section of the October 2019 issue of Farm Collector. Our family found a five-year gap in our family tree that stood unsolved for a long time, until we finally located my great-great-grandfather engaged in a leatherworking and harness apprentice program in Canada. This was a five-year commitment with strict rules. When he had completed the training, Humphrey G. Starr traveled south to New York, where we picked up his trail, and eventually ended up in the Belvedere, Ill., area. His son, George, moved to Woonsocket, South Dakota, where he operated a leather shop. Humphrey's trade was carried on for four generations. In 1890, Humphrey filed for this patent on a leather strap cutter. The one shown in Farm Collector had a 'pistol-grip,' which may have been an improvement on Humphrey's patent."