Two mysteries have been solved this issue as the item was correctly identified as a blow torch but Bob also has restored his last name — thank you to Bob Rikli of Murdock, Nebraska.
Russ Crawford of Exira, Iowa was the first to correctly guess the device and above is Denny McKay’s instructions on how the device was used in its heyday.
Also, several readers correctly pointed out that the picture was rotated 90 degrees on accident.
If you have any items laying around the farm and have been curious as to what they are, be sure to submit them with a bit of information about yourself and the item to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send your “What’s This” submissions to email@example.com or Jager Robinson, P.O. Box 239, Tekamah, NE 68061.