|Description: A wood and metal potato shovel. The handle is wood. The shovel part is made of metal and is attached to the wood through a metal tube. The shovel is made of a straight piece of metal at one end with six metal bars attached to the end. The shovel is rounded at the end that attaches to the handle for scooping the potatoes. |
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.
Potato shovels like this were also known as "scoven" and were used to shake the dirt off newly dug up potatoes. It would also be used to fill potato bags as the potatoes too small to sell would drop through the openings before being added to the bag. See: http://www.cotswold.gov.uk/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=293&tt=text&cAction=MUSEUM_ITEM&objectId=5769
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