What’s This?

Editor’s note: Please do not put answers on our Facebook page; we want everyone to have fun guessing. In our feature “What’s This?” we share a photo of an old or odd agriculture-related piece — or from an old farm home. Maybe we know what it is and maybe we don’t.

Either way we want our readers to tell us what it is. Email answers to agriview@madison.com with a best guess — one guess per email. Please include name, address and phone. We’ll draw a name at random — from those submitted with correct answers — to award a prize.

And we want our readers to submit photos of mysterious things found in the shop or old corn crib or attic — or basement.

Email photos to agriview@madison.com as jpg attachments, at least .3M or 300k in size, with “What’s This” in the subject line of the email. Please include name, address, phone and where the item was found. We’ll draw a name at random from those submitting photos to award a prize.

Email agriview@madison.com with questions.

Our previous “unknown” piece of equipment, published online and in the May 16 issue of Agri-View, is still a mystery. The item is thought to have been weights used to balance loads on a river boat. Agri-View received a few answers.

Dave Kuhle of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, said, “Weights similar, but smaller than these, were commonly used as counterweights for double-hung windows. Hidden behind the window trim, a rope was tied to the weight and went through a pulley mounted at the top of the window, and back down to the window to make it easier to open. Perhaps the 5-pound weights were used as counterweights for a large door or window.”