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Collection Fort Nisqually Permanent Collection
Object ID Number 1942.08.01
Object Name Flail
Description Grain flail, all wood, except for the leather thong holding the beater on to the handle. The handle is also called a "handstaff" or "halve." This tool was used for threshing grain in order to separate the wheat grains from the chaff. It was donated along with a scythe, and both were used in 1885 at a farm in Spanaway by American settler Andrew Simons. Handle measures 39 inches long and 3/4 inches thick, and beater measures 28 1/4 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide at the loose end, and 2 1/8 inches wide at the hinged end. Flails like this one were used throughout the mid-19th century, and the Fort Nisqually Journal of Occurrences frequently mentions the employees thrashing wheat, barley, oats, and occasionally peas from the PSAC farms. (The Puget Sound Agricultural Company was a subsidiary of the Hudson's Bay Company)
Date c. 1885
People Simons, Andrew
Search Terms Flail
Wheat
Agriculture
Tools
Spanaway
Imagefile 006\19420801-5.JPG