Hazard a guess on this antique metal tool

Item No. 1130

Hello from Hazard!

Item No. 1129

Well, we received two additional responses on Item No. 1129. The team of Phil Grimm and David White, both of Malvern, Ohio, say it’s either a wrench for water fixtures, or lifts for conveyors.
Last week, we shared the guess from Lowell Evans, who said it looks like a tool used to take the plate off a wood cook stove. And reader Allan Lines, of Worthington, Ohio, confirms his response.
“My first job in the morning, before milking our cows by hand before school bus time, was to do as Richard suggested — shake the grates to empty the ashes in the wood cook stove, using this tool, and then to use the other end to open the lids to put in more wood to have the stove hot for breakfast when I returned from the barn.”
Unfortunately, owner Jim May, of Suffield, Ohio, didn’t know exactly how it was used, so we’re hoping our hazard-ous readers solved the mystery.


Item No. 1130 (Opened)

On to Item No. 1130, shared by Leroy Essick, of Minerva, Ohio.
This cast iron dohickey has a base that measures about 9-1/2 inches wide, and 7 inches tall. The revolving cylinder with the handle can be removed from the base.
Do you know the exact use? 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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  1. Sausage grinder. Those aren’t brushes – they are pegs on the cylinder that go between the stationary pegs on the housing.

  2. Re#1130: I too, always thought these were sausage grinders; more recent, the auctioneers have identified them as TOBACCO GRINDERS! (Sorry, I’m behind on some of my reading!). Thomas C. Douglas, Millersburg, Ohio. 330-231-6300

  3. Neither a sausage grinder nor an ear corn sheller nor a tobacco grinder. It doesn’t grind, it separates. a sausage grinder would extrude out the end and be designed to cut meat fibers. This item clearly cannot do so, as it looks like it is designed so that a dry product falls out the bottom. (maybe it does break up moulded plug tobacco – but then again, some auctioneers will say anything…………..)

  4. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I also own one here in Montreal. And it looks identical ! (Don’t remember where I got it however….)


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