From Tattoo Outfits & Snouters to a new mystery antique tool.

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Item No. 1174

Hello from Hazard!
We had two more readers respond this week that Item No. 1173 is a tattooing plier.
Gloria Tritten Mathews, of Lisbon, Ohio, said the item looks similar to the tattoo outfit (see photo) that belonged to her uncles, Ernst and Ted Tritten. She said she is lucky to have the entire tattoo outfit, including tattoo paste and full set of numbers. She says her “set — a bit heftier then Item 1173 — was used on a herd of registered Holsteins.”
Paul Morrison, of Freeport, Ohio, agrees.
Dave Pfouts, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, thinks it is a hog snouter, which is a primitive tool that takes a chunk of the hog’s snout to keep them from rooting, if they have a tendency to root.
Wendell Cole, Lisbon, said it looks like a tool to install snaps or grommets on cloth. He has one that is very similar.
Kathy Clossin submitted the item.


Chuck and Tina Dazey, Louisville, Ohio, found Item No. 1174 at a yard sale last year. There were all kinds of primitive items at the sale, and nobody knew what it was or what it was used for. It is 5 inches along the bottom, with a 7-inch handle.
Know what it is or how it is used? Email us at editorial@farmanddairy.com; or by mail to: Hazard a Guess, c/o Farm and Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460.

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