- Item 31059 - Turf Spade, Scarborough, ca. 1850
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- Item 31059
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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.Show Details