Q: We acquired this tool after my husband's aunt died. We haven't been able to identify it. It's marked "Magic Factory Antrim NH" and "Pat. Feb. 13, 1894." Can you tell us what this tool was used for?
A: The patent for your tool was granted to Charles W. Thompson of Antrim, N.H., for improvements to a "raisin-seeding machine." He claimed it improved the method of seeding raisins and reduced the loss of "raisin flesh," which usually occurred during the process of seeding. Value of your raisin seeder: $400 if you can find the right collector.