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Hay Knife
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Title: Hay Knife
Identifier: 2007.15.8
Donor: Norm & Jenny Dale
Item Date: 1890-1930
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A metal hay knife with two wooden handles. The hay knife is straight at the top with a pointed end and serrated edge on the bottom. It has two handles: one is vertical and the other is horizontal. Both handles are wooden.

These farm implements have hung in the Dale’s living room for over 20 years. They have been collected from various sources. Many have been painted or altered but will be used to enhance the displays in our barn at the Bradley Museum. The Dale's are long time volunteers at the Museums of Mississauga.

Hay is basically long grass and clover grown specifically as food for animals. Hay knives were used to cut smaller, more manageable amounts of hay out of the large pile that would be stored in a barn.
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