They recovered it while poking around in the crawlspaces beneath the house. It's the size of a classic pushmower (app. 3.5-4 feet tall), with a set of handles at one end of the body. They may have had wrappings or wooden grips at one point, but now it's just raw metal posts. The head of this thing is a bizarre arrangement of gears - nine gears running in a row left to right, and then on what we imagine is the front, another set
of 18 or so gears set perpendicular to the row of nine.
I'm guessing it's some sort of tiller/seeder/aerator, and also that it's missing some other part of the head or body that would connect up. The teeth on the gears seem way too small for them to be designed to go straight in the dirt - it'd just jam up completely. Also, on the side of the head
where the axle is held in place is a divot, which seems like where another part of the head/body might have possibly locked into place. Unfortunately I didn't find any stamps or maker's marks or serial numbers on it, else this search would be a lot easier.
Anyone got any ideas? Half of a yard device? Ancient navigational tool? Children of the Corn ritual sacrifice device?