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Tool, shoemaker's Tool, shoemaker's

Shoemaker's instrument for measuring feet, consisting of two pieces of wood, the longer piece carved at one end to represent a lady's shoe and with date 1788 carved on it

Knife Knife

Half moon knife, stamped T. Dixon (or Dikon) and Sons, with a turned wooden handle

Pie, blacksmith's Pie, blacksmith's

Blacksmith's 'pie', consisting of a mass of iron nails bound into an oval shape by an encircling iron loop

Tongs Tongs

Pair of tongs, with jaws shaped to hold an iron rod in the same plane as the handles, from the smithy at Langshaw, Galashiels, used c. 1921 - 1961

Sock, swing plough Sock, swing plough

Partly shaped swing-plough sock from the smithy at Langshaw, Galashiels, used c. 1921 - 1961

Hammer Hammer

Hammer from the smithy at Langshaw, Galashiels, used c. 1921 - 1961

Spade Spade

Wooden spade, one sided; found in moss in Wigtownshire

Brander Brander

Iron brander, from Montrose

Frying pan Frying pan

Cast iron frying pan

Paddle, water mill Paddle, water mill

Wooden paddle, probably from the wheel of a horizontal water-mill, found in the ground at Bankhead, Dalswinton, Dumfriesshire, 640 - 854 AD

Paddle, water mill Paddle, water mill

Wooden paddle, probably from the wheel of a horizontal water-mill, found about seven feet below the surface of a peat bank at Gutcher, Yell, Shetland, 70 - 350 AD

Spade, peat / tuskar Spade, peat / tuskar

Tuskar or peat spade for cutting peats, from Shetland

Spade, peat / tuskar Spade, peat / tuskar

Tuskar or peat spade from Appiehouse, Stenness, Orkney

Spade, peat / spade, breast Spade, peat / spade, breast

Wooden peat spade or breast spade with an iron-shod blade which has a right feather and a rounded bottom

Shoe, ox Shoe, ox

Pair of draught ox shoes from Killin, Perthshire

Piece / alum Piece / alum

Lump of alum, from McKenzie's sailmakers' workshop, Fisherrow

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