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Allan Gustin is a Morton County rancher, located just west of Bismarck, N.D. He sent in a picture of an antique tool that his daughter bought for him.

“It’s 12 inches long and is embossed with the name C-B-DALE,” he said. “She bought it in New York State, so it may be for an implement that is not agricultural, or not used in the upper Great Plains.”

The two markers appear to be held in place by wooden wedges.

So, we ask, “What’s This?”

Any ideas? Is it a farm tool? A New York tool? What’s your best guess? Or do you know exactly what it is and how it’s used?

Send what you think it is to terry.anderson@lee.net. Be sure to include your name and hometown.

We’ll reveal the responses in our May 10 editions.