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Flaughter spade or breast plough

Period:
19th Century
Description:

Flaughter spades or breast ploughs were used to cut turf.  The turf was stacked, dried and burnt and the ashes then spread on the fields as a basic fertiliser.  Although called a breast plough it was actually pushed down from the thighs.

 

A naturally forked piece of timber has been used for the main body of the plough.  It is braced at the top by a reconstructed cross handle.  The iron spade is winged and has a sharply curved blade.

Materials/Media:
wood, iron
Dimensions:
l:1480mm; w:900mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 1988.498
Digital Number:
SRMA012a, SRMA012b
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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