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Object Name Plow, Ice
Date 1880-1910
Maker Wm. T. Wood & Co.
Material Wood/Steel
Used Little Tupper Lake, Raquette Lake
Description 8" ice plow (a), made by Wm. T. Wood, with wooden case (b), and whippletree attached to hitch at front. Used to cut ice for ice harvesting: has two wooden handles (see Condition Notes) and a long, narrow, iron body which holds eight narrow (1/2") steel teeth in a line; teeth are 8" high, front teeth are smaller. The last tooth, for clearing the groove, is marked "Wm. T. Wood." The whippletree, attached to a 45" chain, has remnants of orange-red paint in the cracks. The case (b) is painted brown with black trim and stenciling. The plow slips into this wooden case which is fastened around the top of the plow with leather straps that have buckles. There is no swing guide with this plow. (For maker's marks, see Notes.) According to accession form, some of the tools were used on Raquette Lake. Probably also used on Little Tupper Lake.


Notes Reference: Wm. T. Wood & Co.'s 1902-1903 Ice Tools catalog, p. 19. This plow is No. 5, and sold for $50.00. They went out of business in the 20's.
Maker's marks: on clearing tooth: "Wm. T. Wood Arlington, Mass." On case: "8 in. Wm. T. Wood & Co. Manuf'rs of Ice Tools, Arlington, Mass." on each side.
Dimensions H-42 W-26.5 L-92 inches
Collection CIIH010 Ice Harvesting
Catalog Number 1957.128.0033a-b
Other number AM 0862
Imagefile 051\1957.128.0033A.JPG
Species Plow, Ice