Hazard A Guess: Week of April 22, 2010

Hello from Hazard!

One more reader sent in a response on Item No. 888, the heat diffuser used on cookstoves to prevent scorching and burning. Good to hear from Betty Peoples, of Carrollton, Ohio, who still has the one her grandmother used (and Betty confesses she’s 89!). That’s a warm keepsake, that’s for sure!

And two more readers wrote in to second the responses that Item No. 889 was a bog, or swamp, show for horses to keep them from sinking in mud or muck field conditions. Thanks, Richard Johnson, of Johnstown, Ohio, and Ken Harding, of Bentleyville, Pa.!

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But we had no guesses on Item No. 890, sent in by Dave Cover, of Cortland, Ohio.

Hazard a Guess, Item No. 890

Item No. 890

Doesn’t anyone know how it was used? (We sure didn’t!). Write to: Hazard a Guess, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460; or via e-mail to: editorial@farmanddairy.com.


  1. john cavanaugh says:

    item 893 dime bank

  2. Bob Herriott says:

    Item 893 is a vintage dime bank (metal cyclinder) which holds $5 in dimes.

  3. Kathy says:

    Does it have something to do with skinning animals or perhaps whale blubber removal?

  4. Faith Britton says:

    I think #890 is a chopper used on pumpkins, cabbage, corn, ect. to feed livestock.

  5. Emmylou Dawes says:

    I believe that Item #909 is a matchstick holder. It holds the match so you can reach into the candle to light it without burning your fingers.

  6. Carol Mills says:

    Item 916 is a cherry pitter.

  7. Dean Straffin says:

    This is a black powder log splitter

  8. Dean Straffin says:

    Item # 970 is a husking peg

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