Do you know what this mystery tool was used for from the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum collection?
Landis Valley curator Jennifer Royer states that its dimensions are 9 3/4 inches x 47/8 inches.
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Last month’s mystery tool: sock knitting machine
Some of our readers knew what the October Mystery Tool was, a relic from the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum collection.
According to Royer, the tool is Clearfield’s Gearhart Knitting Machine Co. A sock knitting machine manufactured by. On this metal machine, she says, a loop of yarn passed between the needles to make socks.
But Gearhart knitting machines didn’t just make socks, Royer said.
According to Royer, there were at least 43 items that could be knitted using this machine, such as sweaters, mittens, caps and scarves.
“I hope the tool works,” says Wendieris, one of the readers who came up with the correct answer. “They are in great demand among knitting hands.”
Ellis owns the Lancaster Yarn Shop in Intercourse’s Kitchen Kettle Village.
Joseph E. Gearhart has obtained at least eight US patents for knitting machines, rail car pushers, vacuum cleaners, and match safes, Royer said.
Royer says the first patent for his circular knitting machine was issued on April 1, 1890.
• Cornwall: Doug Brinkley.
• Gordonville: Valerie Cindewolf.
• Lancaster: Leonard Williams, Wendy Ellis.
• Little Britain: Alice Beard.
• Mount Bill: George Overmeier.
• Quarry Building: Bonnie Roller.
• Strasburg: Ray Simmons.
• Washington Boro: Paul Witten Soldner.
• West Lampeter Township: Jim Linville.
Best guess: Twisting machine for twisted yarn, wire, yarn or rope. Sausage stuffing; apple peeling / core removal; root vegetable washer.
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