Can you identify this antique metal item?


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Item No. 1215

After a Memorial Day break, we had many responses on Item No. 1215.
Those responding it is a hoof trimmer for cows (maybe horses, too) include: Jim Marshall, Spencer, West Virginia; Sam Wiford, Wapakoneta, Ohio; Milton Schweitzer, Spartansburg, Pennsylvania; Tom Thorbahn, Vickery, Ohio; Frank Kromer; Jerry Burke, Austinburg, Ohio; David and James Miller, Louisville Ohio; Ed Lauby, Killbuck, Ohio; and Bill Shively, Sunbury, Ohio.
Elaine Patterson says the tool is a de-horner.
Edward Warren said it reminds him of a lamb docking iron. You heat it very hot prior to clipping the lamb’s tail. The heat sealed up the cut. Jerry Wilson, Malta, Ohio, agrees with Edward on the lamb docking iron. He made a pair when he was 12 years old.
Richard Bader, Middletown, New York, said the tool is used to cut a wire fence to correct length. Beth Mills agrees.
Heather DeYarmon acquired Item No. 1215 with other miscellaneous tools.

Ed Pizzino, Hopedale, Ohio, found Item No. 1216 on a farm in the mud in an area that had not been touched for over 100 years.
Do you know what this item is and how it was used? Email us at; or by mail to: Hazard a Guess, c/o Farm and Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460. We could use some Hazard items. If you have something you need identified, send it our way!


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  1. item 1216 is a power line puller used by power line construction crews. The top piece that clamps down on the wire is missing.


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