Grass scythe

Before the introduction of mechanised mowers in the late 19th century, grass was cut with a scythe.  This type of scythe, with an S-shaped shaft, was common throughout southern Scotland.   The long shaft has a characteristic S-shape to help balance and improve the cutting action.  The blade is attached to the shaft with a tang and rigid support arm.
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Shaft L:1360mm; blade L:940mm x 70mm
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WIWMS 1990.103
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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