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Grass scythe

Description:

Before the introduction of mechanised mowers in the late 19th century, grass was cut with a scythe.  This type of scythe, with an S-shaped shaft, was common throughout southern Scotland.

 

The long shaft has a characteristic S-shape to help balance and improve the cutting action.  The blade is attached to the shaft with a tang and rigid support arm.

Materials/Media:
wood/iron
Dimensions:
Shaft L:1360mm; blade L:940mm x 70mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 1990.103
Digital Number:
SRMA007a-c
Creation Date:
early 20th century
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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