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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: Before threshing machines, flails were used to separate seeds of grain from their chaff or coverings. The head of wheat or of another plant was cut off above the ground, allowed to dry thoroughly, and brought in to the barn where it was laid on the wooden threshing floor. The flail beat the grain to dislodge it from the chaff. Once the two were separate, the grain was collected in a further process called winnowing.

 

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Flail

date   1850-1900
length   47.75"
process/materials   wood, leather
item type   Tools/Agricultural Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1985.0011.01


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See Also...

Reaping Grain

"Supplement to the New England Farmer, and Gardener's Journal"

Excerpts from Edwin Nims' Agricultural Diary


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