Recognize This Mystery Tool?

| 1/3/2013 12:03:00 PM

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 Mystery Tool 

This tool was donated to the Barre (Mass.) Historical Society many years ago. It appears too well-designed and well-made to be made by a local handyman. To date we have found no information as to inventor, patents or manufacturer. If any readers know anything about it, we would like to hear from them.

Charlie Allen, PO Box 488, Barre, MA 01005; phone (978) 355-4823; email:

gerald shoemaker
1/27/2013 4:59:27 AM

I believe that this is an early tool used for pruning small hard to reach branches.

daniel davis
1/26/2013 3:33:07 AM

This is a dehorning tool that was used on cattle, goats and male sheep. We used one like it on the farm farm until the late 1950`s. There used to be sold in Springfield, Ohio at one time. There were three companys that sold the shears.

hans quistorff
1/25/2013 8:23:49 AM

Appears that the handle can rotate winding the cable around the reel. This would give greater leverage to cut horns or branches. I think I will make such a reel handle for a modern pole pruner that has a cord pull without a handle. Thanks for posting. Qberry Farm

corinne talkin
1/25/2013 3:29:36 AM

Really???? I never heard of this. Do the animals need to just be budding or will it work for older cows?

steve ortega
1/25/2013 2:03:42 AM

To me this looks like an early pruning tool.

les gallivan
1/24/2013 2:32:20 PM

having dehorned a lot of cattle,i would make a guess that it is way to light to do this job,maybe for feet or tree limbs,i have used tree pruners to trim horses feet very quickly

1/24/2013 12:37:39 PM

It appears to be a limb cutter.

greg barnes
1/24/2013 7:15:32 AM

I would guess it is a tree pruner used in orchards.

joe cruz
1/24/2013 12:13:13 AM

Looks like it was an early model of a tree limb cutter, to cut where you can't reach easily.

james bryan cox
1/23/2013 10:02:30 PM

Used as a dehorning tool.. it needs the extrra leverage gained by the long arm etc.. beats the old saw it off technique.. now days rubber band are often used as well as heat elements... the bands for castrating can be stretched over the horns and it cuts off the blood supply and the horn falls off in a couple weeks.. making the procedure less painful for the animal and the ones having to do the procedure using this contraption

eileen carpenter
1/23/2013 5:53:42 PM

It is used to trim animal feet, cow, sheep,and goats. We had a set of these when I was growing up. Eileen Carpenter

cleo castonguay
1/23/2013 3:53:06 PM

I believe this tool was used to cut off young steers' horns...

david gray
1/23/2013 3:49:22 PM

This looks like it had two possible uses. The first use was to clip the horns on cows and bulls to lessen the possibility of injury, and the second use is for loping off branches and limbs..

1/23/2013 3:04:14 PM

looks like a pruner