Can you identify these farm tools?

Mar 11, 2016

Slotted Screwdriver

Butter Press

Meat Grinder

These vintage tools are part of the History Center’s farming collection. They all came from the Berta Ranch where they were used for decades in ranch operations. They are, from left to right:

  • This tool is an early 1900s slotted screwdriver made by the Swallow Airplane Co. of Wichita, Kansas who also made several notable airplanes during the 1920s. Its aluminum handle incorporated a hinged lever that, when opened, provided a fulcrum to allow a greater torque applied to the screw. The hinged lever is shown open in the photo.
  • This tool was known as a butter press. Its function was to squeeze butter into rounded sections to facilitate packaging for sale and storage.
  • This tool is an “Enterprise Tinned Meat Chopper, No. 22” made in Philadelphia in the late 1800s. It was used to manually produce sausage or other ground meats. Front plates with different hole diameters were used to make coarse or fine grind meats.

Come visit the History Center to discover more about our farm implements. You may even decide to volunteer to be a docent or other fun task!

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