one of two early corn dibbler
Early corn dibber, one of two, c.1800
Early corn dibber, c. 1800
A dubble is a small hand tool or setting stick for making holes in the soil for settign seeds or small plants.
In the dibbling of wheat, the furrow was rolled flat and a rod of holes made along the middle of each by a man walking backwards with a dibble in each hadn. He was followed by "droppers", normally 3 in number, who dropped few seeds in each hole. An exper dibbler could hole 1/2 acre per day. The seed was then covered by means of a bush harrow or roller.