Mathook; iron hook with ring and wedge attached to a wooden handle. Handle has incised initials "I*C". Handle is carved from one piece, with a shaped hand grip and a tapered end. Twine reinforcements are tied around the center of the handle and around the attachment ring.
|Ownership and History||The mathook is a traditional agricultural tool used in gathering crops for harvest. It was typically used together with a sith (or scythe) and is associated with Dutch farming techniques. This example may date from the 18th century; it was found in the Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House in Dongan Hills, Staten Island (built ca. 1662), which is now part of the museum complex Historic Richmond Town, operated by the Staten Island Historical Society.|
|Subjects||Agricultural machinery & implements|
|Lexicon Sub-category||Agricultural T&E|
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