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Anyone know what this contraption might be used for?  Next to a farm building on the Isle of Canna, Scotland.  I think the bones are whale vertebrae but I doubt they have anything to do with the machinery, probably just somewhere to dump them.

 

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looks like a corn sheller. you can probably attach a belt and small motor to automate it.

 

could also be a root cutter, or maybe a seed/cattle crusher, can't tell without looking at the other side and front.

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I think you are right about it being some sort of crusher.  I can't find anything exactly like it but there may be bits missing.  I'll go with that for now unless someone comes up with a better answer.

 

I couldn't get to the other side as it was up against the wall.  I didn't have much time anyway as we had a boat to catch - and time and CalMac ferries wait for no man (or woman)!

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7 hours ago, Vincent Lowe said:

Anyone know what this contraption might be used for?  Next to a farm building on the Isle of Canna, Scotland.  I think the bones are whale vertebrae but I doubt they have anything to do with the machinery, probably just somewhere to dump them.

 

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George Henderson Ltd of Kelso manufacture agricultural machinery. Maybe try contacting them with a copy of your picture. I imagine they would be able to give you a definitive i.d.

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I'm wondering if it might be a mangold or turnip crusher so that they can be fed to the cattle, there's quite a bit of adjustment on it for different sizes. Looking it up I found out that a 'mangold' is simply the root of leaf beet or Swiss Chard, never realised that.

 

Nice page on George Henderson Ltd:

https://blog.scottishagriculturalimplementmakers.co.uk/a-well-known-kelso-and-edinburgh-name-george-henderson/

 

You could if you so wished get access to all their company records from the National Archives:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/N13854745

 

..and finally, the grandson of Tom Henderson has put some restored film on Youtube, like this rather charming one of the unveiling of the new Ferguson T35 tractor:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dIAW1q17Wg

 

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10 hours ago, Vincent Lowe said:

Anyone know what this contraption might be used for?  Next to a farm building on the Isle of Canna, Scotland.  I think the bones are whale vertebrae but I doubt they have anything to do with the machinery, probably just somewhere to dump them.

 

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58 minutes ago, Harry Harrison said:

I'm wondering if it might be a mangold or turnip crusher so that they can be fed to the cattle, there's quite a bit of adjustment on it for different sizes. Looking it up I found out that a 'mangold' is simply the root of leaf beet or Swiss Chard, never realised that.

 

Nice page on George Henderson Ltd:

https://blog.scottishagriculturalimplementmakers.co.uk/a-well-known-kelso-and-edinburgh-name-george-henderson/

 

You could if you so wished get access to all their company records from the National Archives:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/N13854745

 

..and finally, the grandson of Tom Henderson has put some restored film on Youtube, like this rather charming one of the unveiling of the new Ferguson T35 tractor:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dIAW1q17Wg

 

 

 

Yes I saw this and tthought it would make a very niche specialist subject for Mastermind. 🦔

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Thanks for all the suggestions and comments - much appreciated,  Turnip cutter/crusher looks favourite at the moment but I'll do some more digging based your comments. 

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