This image was a long shot from the beginning and unfortunately no one could quite place what the device was used for.

Ray Maciejewski of Vesper, Wis. admitted as such when he said the device came from a landfill 50 years ago.

After reaching out to the South Dakota State Historical Society, Katy Schmidt, the curator of collections, seems inclined to believe that it is a hand-cranked mill or grinder.

Although she said it’s hard to tell from just photographs, she said it may be missing a stone to make the device complete.

That would explain why it was in the trash.

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