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Collection Fort Nisqually Permanent Collection
Object ID Number 1942.08.02
Object Name Scythe, Cradle
Description Cradle scythe, made of wood with an iron blade and some metal fixtures. This tool was used for harvesting grain such as wheat from the field. It has four wooden prongs along side the blade and then the handle with a grip extends upward from the cradle. This cradle scythe was used by American settler Andrew Simons in 1885 on his land claim near Spanaway, in Pierce County. The cradle arm is 26 inches wide, and the prongs measure 38 inches to 42 inches long, each prong a little shorter the farther away from the blade they are. The blade measures approximately 43 inches long. (These measurements all include the handle piece). Blade is 1 3/4 inches wide. The handle is curved, and stands approximately 52 inches tall, with an average diameter of 1 1/8 inches. The grip, attached perpendicular to the handle, is 7 3/4 inches long (not including the handle). Cradle scythes like this one were used throughout the 19th century, and were used by laborers at Fort Nisqually to harvest wheat and barley grown as part of PSAC operations. (The Puget Sound Agricultural Company was a subsidiary of the Hudson's Bay Company)
Date c. 1880s
People Simons, Andrew
Search Terms Cradle scythe
Agriculture
Hand tools
Spanaway
Wheat
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