Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Old Shed Decoration

We were the recipients of these two vintage (antique?) tools.  
Rebecca had the idea to hang them on the side of our shed last night I climbed the ladder and fastened them.  (Thanks, Rick!)
The scythe still has some "life" in it.
Not exactly sure what the other one is.
Just found out!  A Hay Knife. The tool has two wooden handles, one for each hand. The right hand stays stationary 'loosely' to allow a swiveling action.

"The design for this style of hay knife was patented by George Weymouth of Dresden, Maine on March 7, 1871. The patent was reissued in 1882 and 1886 and both of those patents were assigned to Hiram Holt. His company, the Hiram Holt Company of East Wilton, Maine, sold them using the name Lightning Hay Knife. The cost for a Lightning Hay Knife was 50 cents in the 1897 Sears and Roebuck catalog."

1 comment:

  1. Interesting! And now you're ready for that hay crop to come in!
    Looks nice hanging there. Love Di ♥


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