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    Posted 3 years ago

    ewertjc
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    made of cast iron, has small holes for screws to fasten it to something, and varied larger sizes. Handle end has small hook device to guide thread or line through, Perfectly flat back. Points are darkened, perhaps by flame.

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    1. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Welcome to CW ewertjc! :^D It looks like it could have been a Horse Curry Comb, and Hoof Pick, kind of fancy though, just a guess! Someone on CW will know, good luck! :^)
    2. UncleRon UncleRon, 3 years ago
      Beautiful piece of cast iron. The combination of a handle and screw-holes to fasten it down is confusing. Here's a couple of quick Guesses: It's to scrape mud off your boots; it's a fish scaler.
    3. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Hey UncleRon, I was thinking the same, but settled on Curry Comb, it's fancy for a barn, what ever it is! :^)
    4. UncleRon UncleRon, 3 years ago
      billretirecoll- I thought of curry comb but remembered them as having finer teeth. The hoof pick idea is interesting though. I hope someone gives a link to an ID.
    5. Caperkid, 3 years ago
      What are the dimensions? The handle reminds me of stoves. Maybe a pot warmer.
    6. Horseradishman1 Horseradishman1, 3 years ago
      Looks like some letters on handle. Perhaps PAT. Any numbers?
    7. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Thanks Horseradishman1, I see that now, and an "N" is just after the '
      PAT ' N if there's a number after you could look it up! :^)
    8. buckethead, 3 years ago
      Somebody claims this to be a 6 hole hand held corn sheller......
      http://www.icollector.com/6-Hole-Hand-Held-Corn-Sheller_i18466518
    9. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      Sounds kind of corny but if it sold at that price plus over $400 in fees I suppose corny is good. I'd like to find a dozen of them.
    10. Horseradishman1 Horseradishman1, 3 years ago
      Wow! Great item and solve Buckethead.
    11. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 3 years ago
      Backscratcher?
    12. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Totally is a great find, and solve, buckethead! :^D Wait until ewertjc see this! WOW :^)
    13. bobby725 bobby725, 3 years ago
      WOW! Now I know what to look out for! Good solve buckethead!
    14. buckethead, 3 years ago
      I am more familiar with the hand held cast aluminum Jiffy hand corn sheller that is a single hole tool. Having six holes makes it six times as cool.....obviously at least 6X worth more. A Jiffy is worth about 200 bones. Hopefully ewertjc checks back on his mystery post....
    15. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      WOW indeed -- somebody must have *really* wanted that thing?!! But to ask what hopefully isn't the CaptainObvious question...so to use this thing, you'd shove an ear of corn thru one of the appropriately sized holes to shear the kernels off...???
    16. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Here's a YouTube video on how to use a hand held corn sheller:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsGLBU4qdQw

      This is a single size new type, and it's used on dry pop, or seed corn. To give an idea on how to use one. I was thinking fresh raw corn, and what a mess it would make, but I still can't see how this 6 hole size, with the shelling spikes on the top would work, and can see why it's so rare! :^D Nobody could spend that much time to shell a cob of seed corn! :^)
    17. UncleRon UncleRon, 3 years ago
      billretiredcoll- I noticed in the video that the modern sheller did a lousy job at the end of the cob because it was too big but in the center it did a great job. I see how the various holes in this piece could solve that problem (although one or two seem awfully small). Also, the horizontal teeth (relative to the cob) would probably work better than the "vertical" teeth of the modernone. Still, I'm not sure I'm buying the ID; at least until I see the actual patent application.
      fhrjr2- For the $2400 you can have your local foundry make you a dozen. :-)
    18. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      Ok UncleRon I will order them, you pay for them and we will split the profit.
    19. buckethead, 3 years ago
      Sir....please look at #102 on this link as there are both versions (horizontal AND vertical teeth)
      http://www.greatplanestrading.com/StP11/StP11.htm
    20. UncleRon UncleRon, 3 years ago
      Son of a gun! The horizontal tooth model even has two differently-sized holes. OK. I'm sold. Good work buckethead.
    21. lzenglish lzenglish, 3 years ago
      Great Solve buckethead ! Here is a bonus link for the OP.....

      https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/hand-held-corn-sheller-13783080

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