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Turnip Seeder, Seed Drill
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Title: Turnip Seeder, Seed Drill
Identifier: 987.9.2
Donor: The Skeoch Family
Item Date: 1850-1920
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A steel framed turnip seeder with a wooden wheel and seed box. The frame extends from the wheel on an angle ending with two wooden handles. A wooden inverted pyramid shaped box is located close near the wheel and has a hinged lid at the top. Seed is broadcast from the bottom of the seed box by a metal and wooden pulley that is attached to the wheel on one side of the box. The pulley is attached to a metal chute that opens and closes with the motion. The end of the box has a metal arm that extends down to create a furrow. Half way up the frame is a metal and wooden stand that is hinged to allow for it to be easily set up when not in use. The frame extends up to waist height and has two wooden handles on the end. The wheel and seed box are painted grey although the handles are natural wood.

The seed drill allowed for a more efficient sowing of seeds in terms of speed, depth and spacing. Seed drills date back to ancient Sumerians and Chinese but were not used in Europe until the 16th century. The technology of the seed drill went through many transformations, especially during the Industrial Revolution in England and was used most widely after this time. Seed drills were used by hand or pulled by a horse for more extensive work, but the use of steam and gasoline allowed for machines that covered larger areas in the same amount of time. _
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