Antique Farming Tools

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Antique Farming Tools
Antique farming tools can be priceless collectibles. (old farm tools image by Jorge Moro from

As a result of contemporary technology forming its ideas from its predecessors, namely antique farming tools, some of the first agricultural tools are now obsolete. There was a time, centuries ago, when antique items were considered revolutionary and modern themselves; today, they are simply collector's pieces with an extensive history.

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Scythe Cradle

Farmers used to reap grain with this agricultural tool invented by a Scottish farmer in 1794. The scythe cradle revolutionised grain harvesting: Before the cradle, farmers used a sickle, which was hard on the back and always left bits of unorganised grain to be gathered later. The cradle had long fingers attached to an even longer handle allowing the farmer to harvest grain while standing. The fingers would neatly gather the grain.


A bushel may appear to be a giant bowl or bucket but it is an agricultural tool used for carrying volumes of dry commodities, but not liquids. A bushel comfortably carries about 8 gallons, and its name is now used as a unit of mass or weight. In the Middle Ages, it was used as a measure for grain capacity. Later, it evolved into a tool that would hold many dry commodities such as corn, oats, wheat and barley. The bushel comes with two handles on opposite sides, making it easy to carry.


This was a farming tool used to thresh husks of grain. Threshing is basically the act of swinging the flail to beat down on the grain. The word "thrash" comes from thresh. Flails are two sticks, one longer than the other, usually attached by a small chain and resembling large wooden nunchucks. You hold the longer stick and swing it, forcing the smaller stick to hit the grain. Due to modern technology, flails are no longer common, so if you own one, it is definitely a collector's item. Usage of flails dates back to 13th century France.

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