A New Year, a New Antique Mystery for your to Hazard a Guess

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Happy new year from Hazard!
We’re back from our holiday break. Since we had (super) early production deadlines, we opted to take a mini-vacation from our hazard-ous writing. But we’re back like a bad penny.
To recap, our last item was Item No. 1120, which was a hog snare, used to catch a hog by the snout for ringing or treating.


And so this week we bring you Item No. 1121, submitted by Dale Johnson, of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. For reference, he stuck a ruler beside the object (the ruler is about an inch in the ground), and in its contracted position, the unit is approximately 18 inches tall. When extended, it’s about 25 inches. It’s possible to screw the entire head assembly out of the base.
There are characters cast into the base. They’re a little hard to read, Johnson says, but look to be:
2×14
I.I.& B.Co.
Do you know how this was used? Johnson said the item is from his wife’s grandfather’s estate, and they’ve been told its use, but are hoping someone can confirm that (so we’ll hold off on what they’ve been told until next week). Email us at editorial@farmanddairy.com; or respond by mail to: Hazard a Guess, c/o Farm and Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460.

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