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    Posted 4 years ago

    Oldbarngal
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    Hello! Any idea on how to date this old pitchfork? Farm dates back to at least 1793. Tips are well worn and rounded. It is comprised of one piece of wood with what looks like wooden dowels? Any history on when they were made this way? Thanks for looking! Found in barn behind old haystack with other wooden tools.

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    Comments

    1. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      Looks really short. Size?
    2. Oldbarngal, 4 years ago
      It's actually about 5 feet long
    3. Oldbarngal, 4 years ago
      The subfloor you see us 4 x 8 thanks!
    4. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      Here's one somewhat similar 1892.

      http://www.terapeak.com/worth/1892-year-dated-antique-farm-tool-primitive-wood-pitchfork-hay-fork-5-72-ft/112042260581/
    5. Oldbarngal, 4 years ago
      That does look similar, however I couldn't find one that is all one piece of wood. It looks like they may have heated up a branch and then split it into 4 slices at the end to make the tines. Does that make sense? Sorry if it sounds confusing!
    6. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      Google: antique wood primitive pitchfork

      There are many out there. They made stuff to last. Nice piece. I'd hang it on my wall.
    7. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      Google image search that. You Will Never find one exact match. These were made by farmers, and yes they split the wood. Either greenwood, or steamed it and inserted the wedges.
    8. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      19th century.
    9. Oldbarngal, 4 years ago
      They really were quite creative! I found a few one piece forks, but no dates. Guess I will just hang it up on my wall, or maybe use it on my hay for the horses! Sure is sturdy! Thanks for your help! Have a fantastic New Year!
    10. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
      1800's by all references I found. You'll never find an exact date. If you google image search, you'll see images so you don't have to click on every item in regular search. Yours is a really clean example.
    11. Karl-Fodor, 1 year ago
      There are still people in Transylvania who make and sell it for farmers. The alfalfa is then rotated and harvested after drying.

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