18th century steel sickle with a wooden handle

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18th century steel sickle with a wooden handle

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:
1951-234
Materials:
steel (metal) and wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (laid flat): 30 mm x 265 mm x 135 mm, .162 kg
credit:
Victoria and Albert Museum