june 2019 antique toolbox

Can you identify this object? Send your guess, including your full name and hometown, to Jennifer Kopf at jkopf@LNPnews.com

Can you identify this object? Send your guess, including your full name and hometown, to Jennifer Kopf at jkopf@LNPnews.com with "Antique Toolbox" in the subject line, or mail to Jennifer Kopf/Antique Toolbox, LNP Media Group, 8 W. King St., P.O. Box 1328, Lancaster, PA 17608-1328.

Tools used in this feature are part of the permanent collection of Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.

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wooden leg

Were you able to identify this object -- a wooden leg -- from the collection of Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum?

Bruce D. Bomberger, curator at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, says that this item is a wooden leg.

Unfortunately, Landis Valley does not have any history or specific provenance on this piece.

Its entire length is 27 inches, and the attached leather strap is just over 4 feet long. The wood is painted blue, and the steel cap at the tip — with a serrated edge — appears to have been made from a bit for drilling holes.

The bottom cap would provide a good nonskid grip on surfaces, but also would be damaging to some floors. If Henry Landis — who, along with brother George, founded the museum — acquired the leg while living on Long Island, New York, it might have been worn by someone on a ship or boat.

It appears to have been made in the late 1800s or early 1900s.

CORRECT ANSWERS

Columbia: Tonja Gerlitzki.

Nazareth: Phil Houck.

Reinholds: Kendall Fox.

Terre Hill: Marc Benedict.

BEST GUESSES

Forging chisel, Denver; wood shaver, Manheim; leather clasp for working, Nazareth.