Antique Toolbox: Do you know what this tool was used for at the Landis Valley Museum? | Antiques

Do you know what this mysterious tool was used for, also from the collection of the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum?

Jennifer Royer, curator at the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, indicates that its dimensions are: length, 16.625 inches; width, 6.5 inches; and height, 2.5 inches.

Send your proposal to Mary Ellen Wright at [email protected], with “Antique Toolbox” in the subject line, or email Mary Ellen Wright / Antique Toolbox, LNP Media Group, PO Box 1328, Lancaster , PA 17608-1328.

Please include your full name and the city you live in with your estimate. Guesses are expected by Monday January 17. We will reveal the correct answer in LNP on Friday January 28th.

Note: Email is preferred as access to regular mail is limited due to the remote work of LNP staff.


We’ve received a flood of guesses, submitted from across the country, for last month’s mystery tool from the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum collection.

Royer says the tool is a stud or a stud plate.

It consists of a rectangular iron plate, mounted on a wooden plinth shaped like an iron sole, Royer says.

The plate has four graduated holes, with jagged edges 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter.

A piece of wood would be hammered through the holes to create different dowel widths.

“You hammer a wooden stick on one end and you receive a wooden peg on the other,” says Leon Tejtelbaum, who wrote to us from Kew Gardens, New York. “If you need a smaller stud, you hammer the stud you just made through the next hole, and so on. “

Gary Matheny, who writes from Gunnison, Colorado, says he has a modern commercial version of this tool “which is time consuming, but produces usable studs from whatever wood you use.”

Many people thought that this gadget was either a vintage iron or a metal stand that the iron could rest on. But several others knew the correct answer.


Bailey, Colorado: Gary Szymanski.

Bainbridge: Thomas Balmer.

Ballston Spa, New York: Gary Stephenson.

Bethpage, Tennessee: Kenny Keene.

Bradford: Rusty Carr.

Branchland, West Virginia: Samuel Sallee.

Burnsville, NC: Chad Fitzgerald.

Clayton, Ohio: Dan Valentine.

Charlottesville, Virginia: Gove Murray Johnson.

Gunnison, Colorado: Gary Matheny.

Hartville, Wyoming: Valérie Hennigh.

Iowa City, Iowa: Craig Johnson.

Kew Gardens, New York: Léon Tejtelbaum.

Township of Lancaster: Dave Shaub.

Largo, Fla .: Dave Loucks.

Lexington, Virginia: Ronald Telsch.

Lynchburg, Virginia: Steve Muddiman.

Manheim: Mike Hudick.

Mountville: Gary Glick, George Overmeyer.

Noblesville, Indiana: James Cobb.

Portland, Maine: George Carhart.

Portsmouth, Rhode Island: J. Lane McMahon.

Rochester, New York: Harley Bowman.

Windsor South, Connecticut: Bob Fitzgerald.

Whitehall, Wisconsin: Larry Bergman.

No city listed: Jay Ruggiero, Marian Poinaru, Lisa Twitchell, Edward Ostwald, Norman Ed, Mark Saab, Dave Brownlow, Charles Lloyd, Paul Ferenchak, Roger Hanson, Ken Norton, Owen Zils.

BEST GUESSES: A bed warmer; a vintage iron (or a metal plate on which to put an iron); fur stretcher; a plow foot to plow the fields; a mold for making shot (for fishing or projectiles); a mold for making nails; a leather punch; a fishing reel; a tool for gauging the wire; a herbal remover; a drill sizer; a gadget for preparing animal hides for tanning; a gadget for making arrows; a floor wedge for warped wood.

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