Flaughter spade or breast plough

Flaughter spades or breast ploughs were used to cut turf.  The turf was stacked, dried and burnt and the ashes then spread on the fields as a basic fertiliser.  Although called a breast plough it was actually pushed down from the thighs.   A naturally forked piece of timber has been used for the main body of the plough.  It is braced at the top by a reconstructed cross handle.  The iron spade is winged and has a sharply curved blade.
Object no :
SRMA012a, SRMA012b
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Dimensions :
l:1480mm; w:900mm
Materials :
wood, iron
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Accession number :
WIWMS 1988.498
Copyright :
Dumfries & Galloway Council
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