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Old 11-14-2017, 07:23 PM   #1
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Bought at a local Amish auction. One person said it was a corn grinder? No nails or screws, pegs only. Thoughts?
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:28 PM   #2
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I googled Amish corn grinder and they were way more modern.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:30 PM   #3
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What happens when you turn the handle? I was going to say some kind of press, but I don't not see any threading, so I'm afraid I am of no help.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:32 PM   #4
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It looks like a dog house. Hard to be sure though with that contraption in the way.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:36 PM   #5
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Its a field tobacco press.
Tobacco leaves are cut to width and placed in it. Its then pressed down and the leaves are tied.
The top and bottom pieces or "ends and stems" are then trimmed and you have a block of tobacco and some loos stuff to sell for chew and snuff.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:37 PM   #6
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Is the end of the down Shaft threaded? And does the hole on the bottom piece go all the way through?

Wondering if there should be another piece attached to the down shaft and it being a press of some sort.


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Old 11-14-2017, 07:38 PM   #7
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This is what the WWW says.....




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Old 11-14-2017, 07:38 PM   #8
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Looks like a henweigh to me.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:38 PM   #9
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And NOPE - I didnt learn this from anyone that is Omish. There is a man straight out of the hills of Tennessee that has one and he makes his own cut-plug tobacco with one.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:42 PM   #10
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That cross piece looks stationary. I don't see how it can press anything, but maybe so.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:55 PM   #11
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Super cool find!! No idea what it is but is cool!! Congrats!
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:32 PM   #12
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If it's a tobacco press it's missing some parts.

This is a tobacco press and it's similar so you're probably right. It's just missing things.
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:42 PM   #13
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There are no threads for any type of press type action. Where the shaft goes into the bottom there is a metal cap on the shaft with splines of a sort and same on the inside. Its tapered like drill pipe. The hole goes through the bottom. I am trying to down load the pics. I cant post any from my phone for some reason
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:45 PM   #14
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Found these and it looks like the shaft you have on yours.
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:55 PM   #15
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:16 PM   #16
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After seeing that last picture, I am thinking it is for the purpose of grinding corn or something similar. If you filled the bottom of that thing with something like loose dried corn. Then have one person pushing the corn towards the center while someone else turns the crank, it should ground up the corn between serrations on the end of the wooden shaft and the serrations in the tapered hole.
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:39 PM   #17
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Old ars fidget spinner.....size XL
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:00 PM   #18
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I am going to try to post several pics now. I think I have them resized correctly. It was said at action this si early 1800's from the Amish in the Ozarks for grinding corn. This was said by a fellow bidder so I am not of the reliability of that. I have searched many search engines to no avail. I am interested in what it does and how it works. I may have to take it back and see if I can find an Amish elder willing to share the knowledge
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:03 PM   #19
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With those metal inserts and the dished lower section, I say it's a (corn) grinder.
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:04 PM   #20
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After seeing that last picture, I am thinking it is for the purpose of grinding corn or something similar. If you filled the bottom of that thing with something like loose dried corn. Then have one person pushing the corn towards the center while someone else turns the crank, it should ground up the corn between serrations on the end of the wooden shaft and the serrations in the tapered hole.
Yeah. That.
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:08 PM   #21
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Don't know what it's for, but it's designed to cut through that piece, not press.


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Old 11-14-2017, 10:18 PM   #22
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Cartel based hemp grinder and press. Low 5 figures = $12500.00

You win...................
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Old 11-15-2017, 09:07 AM   #23
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It looks like a dog house. Hard to be sure though with that contraption in the way.
You sir are funny as heck!!!
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