Sickle with serrated edges

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Sickle with serrated edges from Sound Weisdale, Shetland Islands.

The sickle was the earliest implement for reaping corn, having been in use several thousands of years B.C. The earliest type was the crescent-shaped flint fitted into a bone or wooden handle. By Saxon times in England, the better balanced iron sickle was known and has changed little since then.

Details

Category:
Agricultural Engineering
Object Number:
1930-101
Materials:
metal (unknown) and wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (laid flat): 40 mm x 375 mm x 115 mm, 0.198 kg
credit:
Harrison, H.S.