Several readers have helped identify the tool as a “kettle” of sorts for curing meat and making lard.
Jess Bandy out in Oshkosh, Nebraska was the first to guess that the pot could be used to scald pigs and scrape off hair.
Ronald Brandl and Eugene Glock followed up with examples of how the device would also be used to make a variety of things such as soap and lard.
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