From 2020 Issues

What’s Its From the June 2020 Issue

179-1 This is a Dixie Gun Works mouse killer, it is a reproduction of a device that was first made in 1862.

In use, the barrel is loaded with gunpowder and a small bullet. Peanut butter or other bait is placed on the bottom of part A, a percussion cap is set on top of part B, part C is placed between the hammer and the sear, and the safety is removed (part E). If a mouse pushes up just slightly on the bait holder, part C with be dislodged and the hammer will strike the percussion cap, sending a spark down to the barrel to ignite the gunpowder and propel the bullet.

 

179-2 Possibly a salt lick holder:

 

179-3 Appears to be a hose clamp:

 

 

 

179-4 No answer yet, text on them says “Mfd for H F LIVERMORE, Pearl St, Boston, Mass”

 

What’s Its From the March 2020 Issue

178-1 No Answer Yet

 

178-2 This device is part of a cream separator

 

178-3 A pair of combination pinchers, the patent for this tool states:
“The nature of the present invention consists in the jaws of
pinchers with a swage, for fitting joints of pipe to each other.
A stop or gage, being attached to the jaw of the pinchers, is used
to bring the swage always the same distance on the pipe.”
Patent number 163,277

https://patents.google.com/patent/US163277
This combination tool can also be used as a hammer, tack claw, can opener, nutcracker, screwdriver, and wire cutter.

 

178-4 This item is a picker arm for a potato planter, I found it very interesting how it works, you can see it in use in the video at the link below.

https://youtu.be/6FnnRUzwGhI?t=322

https://patents.google.com/patent/US2091480

https://patents.google.com/patent/US2062578 

https://patents.google.com/patent/US1240529