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S/1809 19th Century Oak Strickle

An oak strickle for sharpening a scythe or sickle in the field. They covered the surface with bacon fat and then sand or gritstone. Scythes or sickles became blunt very quickly, so this was a necessary tool to be used on the spot. The whole has a dark colour and retains a patination.

Sold 17 in. (44.5 cm.) Wide
2 in. (6 cm.) Deep
English Circa 1880