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Farming Implements

Kiltimagh Railway Museum, County Mayo

Clockwise from the bottom

  • Cross-cut saw
  • Stiabhinn
  • Breast Slane
  • Hay knife
  • Sickle
  • Pony Clippers
  • Horse-shoe
  • Mallet
  • Flail
  • Slane
  • Drag
  • Curry Comb

Irish Title

  • Sabh
  • Stiabhinn
  • Slean
  • Scian Feir
  • Corrainn
  • Bearathoir Caipini
  • Cru Capaill
  • Maillead
  • n/a
  • Slean
  • Dreag
  • Cior

Brief Description

  • Long, serrated, steel saw, with wooden handles, 12" high, on either end. Total length, 68"
  • Iron tipped implement, 34" long, with wooden handle: 18" wide.
  • Iron implement with cutting edge and wing set at right angles, fitted with a wooden handle on top. Overall length, 30", with wing measuring 4"
  • 22" long wooden handle with steel shaft.
  • Hooked, steel implement with wooden handle, 20" long
  • Small, tongs-like implement, with wooden handle, measuring 11" long.
  • Iron implement, 71/2" x 7," attached through nails into grooves in horse-shoe and 'clenched' from thatinto horse's hoof.
  • All-timber block with handle through it, roughly hammer-shaped, measuring 9"
  • Hand-threshing implement, wooden staff at end of which a short, heavy stick hangs swinging, used for threshing oats and corn. Total length, 64"
  • Iron implement with cutting edge and wooden shaft and straight, rounded handle called 'fasc.' Length, 46"
  • Iron, fork-shaped implement with outer thongs of approx 4", attached to long wooden handle. Total length, 108"
  • Pincers-like implement, 12" long.

Function / Use

  • Used for felling trees
  • Used to make hole in the soil into which potato was set. Dropping the slit potato into the hole was known as 'goggaring' and covering the hole as 'quenching.' This was the normal way to set potatoes prior to the invention of the tractor. Approximately 80 years old.
  • Used for horizontal cutting of turf, as opposed to underfoot cutting.
  • Used for cutting hay up to the 1950s.
  • Implement used to cut corn or grass, prior to the invention of the scythe.
  • Used to clip pony's tail
  • The horse-shoe functioned to protect the horse's hoof. It was also thought to be a 'good luck' omen.
  • Used in carpentry and also by coopers to secure bungs on top of barrel.
  • Used for the vertical cutting of turf bank
  • Probably improvised implement used for draining river and river banks. Originally, probably a form to which a specially made handle was attached to enable it reach across and down drains.
  • Used to comb or groom the mane of ponies and horses.

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