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H9448 Scythe, timber and metal, agricultural tool for hand cutting hay, early 1900s. Click to enlarge.

Scythe for handcutting grass and hay, early 1900s

Scythes were used to manually mow wheat or grass. Harvesting by hand is very labour intensive. In Australia where paddocks were larger and less productive and labour in less supply than in Britain, the hand harvesting of grain was replaced from the mid 19th century by mechanical means such as the horse-drawn stripper, mower and, in wetter areas, the reaper binder. The scythe is part of the early story of harvesting in Australia and is an example of a transplanted technology which changed little ...

Summary

Object No.

H9448

Object Statement

Scythe, timber and metal, agricultural tool for hand cutting hay, early 1900s

Physical Description

The scythe comprises a long handle called a curved snath made of hardwood. It has two grips or doles which are positioned at a right angle to the snath and can be moved up or down to suit the height of the user. At the bottom of the snath is attached a very sharp blade strengthened with a steel rib or chine. A hook, comprising a metal rod, in the widest part of the blade connects it to the snath at the desired angle. The tip of the blade gathers in the grass to allow the blade to slice through the grass efficiently.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of H H G McKern, 1979

Acquisition Date

13 July 1979

Cite this Object

Harvard

Scythe for handcutting grass and hay, early 1900s 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 9 December 2019, <https://ma.as/256950>

Wikipedia

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