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Object Name Hook, Ice
Date 1890-1930
Maker Gifford-Wood Co.
Material Wood/Steel
Used Little Tupper Lake, Raquette Lake
Description Ice hook, 6 foot, made by Gifford-Wood Co. Used to push or pull blocks of ice during ice cutting operations. Has a wooden handle with a pusher (or point) and a puller on one end. They are held in place by two screws through the wood and a steel collar. Between the two screws on the puller is stamped "Gifford-Wood-Co.". The puller is a "Boston Pattern" (wide point) and is angled downward. The pusher extends outward and up. It has been bent upward, is shorter and filed down at the tip. The handle has a knob end. According to accession form, some of the tools were used on Raquette Lake. Probably also used on Little Tupper Lake.
Notes Reference: 1915 Gifford-Wood Co. catalog. Probably No. 520, 6 foot Boston Pattern on p. 148. "Boston Pattern has wide points-3/4-inch face-and is most generally used". "Canal Hooks, 6 to 8 feet long, are for feeding strips or cakes through the canal." "The puller or the pusher can be bent cold to any angle desired."
Dimensions W-8 L-73 D-2 inches
Collection CIIH020 Ice Handling
Catalog Number 1957.128.0027
Other number AM 0856
Imagefile 051\1957.128.0027.JPG
Species Hook, Ice
Owned by Whitney Industries