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Jan 8, 2020 12:16 AM CST
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Jan 8, 2020 4:22 AM CST
The first thing that came to mind was a 'rug beater'! But that would destroy rugs. Are those metal? Those side arm things?
If so, I am wondering if it might be some type of implement to move bales of hay? But I have seen those before and I think that they are much simpler then that.

I sure that people with farm experience will offer opinions but after seeing the post, you got my curiosity aroused. I just had to offer something but I am probably way off.
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MRTIM22
Jan 8, 2020 4:32 AM CST
Its spring loaded metal opens up wide
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vic
Jan 8, 2020 4:52 AM CST
It's similar to the tool that picks up an ice block.
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MRTIM22
Jan 8, 2020 4:54 AM CST
only opens 6 inch wide has a 5ft handle like a broom handle
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BigBill
Jan 8, 2020 5:01 AM CST
Oh yes. An ice block lifter! I like that a lot.
If you look at old ice harvesting photographs, the ice blocks were a certain thickness. 6" seems right. Width X depth were bigger but thickness might not have been more then 6". It can not be easy to saw through more then 6" of lake ice to harvest blocks. Tools 50-100 years ago had to be limited in some way. A lot of it was done by hand more than 100 years ago.
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Jan 8, 2020 6:52 AM CST
I can't imagine carrying an ice block with a 5 foot handle. Would also love to know what in the heck that is!

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MRTIM22
Jan 8, 2020 11:04 AM CST
seems too small for ice it is spring-loaded
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DaisyI
Jan 8, 2020 11:08 AM CST
An ice tool would not be spring-loaded. It seems like it would be used for grabbing (by pushing against) something and pulling it towards you.
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cwhitt
Jan 8, 2020 11:11 AM CST
@MRTIM22 Could maybe be a blacksmith tong. They have long handles so the blacksmith does not get burned.
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Name: TIM M
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MRTIM22
Jan 8, 2020 11:19 AM CST
maybe a weed remover not sure
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DaisyI
Jan 8, 2020 11:26 AM CST
Maybe a log puller.
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MRTIM22
Jan 8, 2020 11:44 AM CST
the handle would not hold logs
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MRTIM22
Jan 8, 2020 12:01 PM CST
did not see it in old ice tools
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sallyg
Jan 8, 2020 6:05 PM CST
what a mystery. Seems like you would be reaching for something but not a very heavy thing. Fish? Pushing it to grab, then pull. Something underwater?
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crawgarden
Jan 8, 2020 6:12 PM CST
Something to neuter a hog Smiling
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MRTIM22
Jan 8, 2020 6:13 PM CST
don't know maybe it's for weeds or something
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sallyg
Jan 8, 2020 6:29 PM CST
search norlund fish gaff I found it but trouble linking the actual page..
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sallyg
Jan 8, 2020 6:29 PM CST
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pdermer1x
Jan 8, 2020 6:32 PM CST
Some sort of trap? If it's not triggered until they hit the inner metal piece? Shove into a ground hog hole?

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