Turf Spade, Scarborough, ca. 1850

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Turf Spade, Scarborough, ca. 1850

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A type of spade with a wood handle and metal edge called a turf spade, used in Maine, ca. 1920. The spades varied in size. It's purpose is to cut sod (earth) blocks to make dike walls. The sod was passed from person to person using a three man team to the sod layer (dike builder). Ultimately the cut sod created a ditch allowing the water from the dike to flow into it. This turf spade was used by Otto Tibbett of Scarborough.

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About This Item

  • Title: Turf Spade, Scarborough, ca. 1850
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • Location: Pine Point, Scarborough, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Wood, metal
  • Dimensions: 13.9 cm x 114 cm
  • Local Code: 08.47.2
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Scarborough Historical Society & Museum
PO Box 156, Scarborough, ME 04070-0156
(207) 885-9997

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