Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Do you know what this is?


I am fairly sure of what it is, but I'd love to hear what other people think.


It's fairly big - about 2 feet long (60 cm) with the hook part at the end about 10" (25 cm).  The wood it is made from is Ash.

Answer:  This was known as a Fagging Stick:

'the smooth-edged hook succeeded the serrated sickle for reaping corn in many places about 1860-1870. Fagging tools have sharp blades and are heavier and wider than sickles and used with a different action. Instead of grasping the corn, the reaper held back the stalks or drew them towards him with a short crook called a fagging stick and slashed through the straw rather than sawing it as with a sickle. A larger quantity of corn was cut at one swing, though time was taken up with sharpening the blade. The hooks are still used today for trimming hedges and cutting crops close to hedges or walls that cannot be reached by machine.'

Many thanks to http://england.prm.ox.ac.uk/englishness-harvesting-tools.html for the excellent description.  

So as you can see, several of you were going along the right lines.  I love these pieces of our farming history, and this one won't be going anywhere for a while - we will just enjoy it here and probably put it on a beam in the kitchen (as you do!)

12 comments:

  1. Is it something that was used to move bales of textiles :-)

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  2. Gee whiz, this is frustrating. I think I did a post about this once. I could be thinking of the wrong thing, but is this something that breaks up the soil? We have the same word for it in America but we pronounce it differently. As I say, I could be totally wrong. I do get things mixed up.

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  3. Is it some type of thatcher's tool..?

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  4. A tool for maneuvering sheep into a dip!

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  5. It looks like some kind of farming tool, but I've really no idea.

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  6. I would use it when picking blackberries, to pull down tall brambles, although it could be something else entirely!

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  7. Second vote for a thatching implement

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  8. is it a stevedore's hook for helping unload ships cargo?

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  9. Third vote for thatching. We're in the Wye Valley next week....I don't know how close that is to you? x

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  10. Fourth vote for thatching tool.

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  11. Em - 100 miles perhaps? A couple of hours along the A40 anyway. I'll bake a cake!!!

    Thank you all for your input, I shall now reveal the answer in the main post. Some great answers!

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