Posted 7 years ago
This item is about 20" long, and made out of hand forged segments that latch together. Each segment is about 2" wide and the pointed hooks are about 1.5" long.
When I acquired it, I didn't know what it was. I first thought it was a seed corn drying rack, so I displayed it with small ears of miniature indian corn.
After seeing that it linked together like a collar,I thought that I had a dog fighting collar. A fellow collector told me he had a colonial era dog fighting collar and it was too flimsy to be a dog collar.
After years of displaying it and inquiring sugestions as to what it was, I came upon it's true nature. After researching it as a possible sheep collar, it proves to be just that.....a sheeps collar.
So how was it used..... well, it turns out that when wolves roamed the country side, a farmer lost many of his herd of sheep to them. This occured especially if they were left out in the pasture over night.
If you shave a small ring of wool from the ovine's neck, and link this collar together around the sheep where the wool was removed, the animal will have no ill effect from the prongs. But, if a wolf want a lamb dinner, he usually goes for the neck to bring the sheep down . To his surprise, he gets a muzzle full of sharp tines and with a little luck, the sheep will have enough time to skidaddle to the barn before the wolf realizes what just happened........ hotairfan