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    Posted 2 years ago

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    I purchased this tool from an Amish store in Wisconsin. The elderly store owner didn't know what it was for. The cast steel part of the tool measures 7 inches. The handle is 30 inches long and 1 1/2 inches diameter. There are no markings on the tool. The only thing I can find that looks similar is a tool for repairing thatch on a roof. I would appreciate help in a positive identification of this tool. Thank you to anyone who can help.

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    1. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 years ago
      I have a similar, though not exact (without going outside to look again, mebbe its closer than I recall at the moment) tool in my garden tool shed, which I've always thought (for no particular reason) was intended to help extract dandelions from one's front yard.

      We have folks around here that'll probably know...? ;-) :-) :-)
    2. srarman, 2 years ago
      I had that thought as well. The handle on this tool is one half as long though. It doesn't look like any weeding tool I've ever seen before. Thank you for your comment.
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      The fork on a dandelion root cutter is much thinner and sharp to sever the root. This would have to be much longer because a dandelion has a tap root and the objective is to cut the root far enough below ground level so it won't regrow.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Anything-, I hope you weren't figuring me in under "folks". Have no idea !
    5. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 years ago
      I just went outside to look and my tool is *nearly* identical. Its entire blade is shaped the same but its ferrule is a little longer/different so the metal part is 12" long, my handle is 24" long. Mine appears to have some lettering reading "PAT FEB 11 1919" (?) in the 'spoonish' shaped side close to the handle, if there's any other lettering on the other side I can't make it out.

    6. lptools, 2 years ago
      Hello, AnythingObscure. I used your Patent Date info and came up with this. Weed Puller Patent No. 1293825. Here is a link to the page.
      Regards, Lou
    7. lptools, 2 years ago
      Looks like the link will only take you to the Patent numbers for Feb 11 1919. Scroll down on the list of numbers to Patent Number 1293824 (fat fingered typo in previous post)
    8. srarman, 2 years ago
      That is definitely the tool I have. Thank you Iptools for the info and for all the other comments. It is much appreciated. I will sleep better tonight.
    9. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 years ago
      srarman, I'm way glad to help -- now I know what mine really is, too!! <LOL>
      :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

      THANKS lptools, for the research, as well!!! <cheers><applause>
    10. lptools, 2 years ago
      You are all welcome!!!

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