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Gardening Claw

ca.1750-1850
Origin: America
Overall: 11 1/4 x 2 x 1 1/4in. (28.6 x 5.1 x 3.2cm)
Wrought iron
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1959-304
Wrought iron hand tool with a curved handle of rounded section with a thin suspension loop forged integrally at the top. Handle flattens out and broadens as it transitions into the "claw" end, composed of a curved central tine, flanked by another forged onto each side.
Label:Used for a number of functions relating to the cultivation of plants, the garden claw is handy for digging small holes, pulling roots and weeds, and moving soil around. Today's versions only differ in that they are made with modern materials and methods.