|Description: A metal four pronged pitchfork with a wooden handle. The metal top slopes down in front only and attaches to the wooden handle with a screw. |
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.
The pitchfork was first used in the early Middle-Ages in Europe and was originally made of only wood. It is an agricultural tool used to lift or throw loose materials such as hay, leaves, straw, grapes, etc. It is similar to a spading fork and usually has 2 to 6 pointed tines also called prongs. From:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitchfork