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Object Name Scraper, Snow
Date 1880-1930
Maker Gifford-Wood Co.(?)
Material Wood/Iron
Used Raquette Lake
Description Boston Snow Scraper, horse-drawn, used for clearing snow/planer chips from a field of ice. Painted red. Used on Raquette Lake for yearly ice harvest. Large wooden scoop with two long handles (secured with iron hardware) extending from the back. The top portion is 25" and bottom is 22", with triangular sides. The metal bar on each side is the draw iron, to which the chains attach. In front of the draw iron is a large iron loop, which supports the inverted scoop when dumping. One man steered while another drove the horse(s). Appears to be a commercial model; the hardware is identical. The original wooden side pieces and bottom half are replacements. Gifford-Wood Co. sold Boston scrapers in 6-foot and 8-foot wide models. Possibly used into the 1940's. The Dillon family has harvested ice on Raquette Lake annually since early 1900's, and continues to do so as of 2003.
Notes Reference: 1925 Gifford-Wood Co. Catalog No. 1026N, p. 19. sold for $50.00.
"This style is one of the most effective and popular scrapers in use. Many large ice companies who have had extended experience use the Boston for all depths of snow and planer chips....Made in a most thorough manner with matched lumber, oak throughout, heavily irond, and painted....The handles are long enough to prevent the operator from stooping....Three-eighth-inch chains are preferred to ropes. The loose rings to which they are fastened slip along the draw irons in dumping and the draft helps to reverse the scraper. The scraper handles when inverted rest upon the iron cross-rod between the chains."
Dimensions H-27 W-97 D-77 inches
Collection CIIH010 Ice Harvesting
Catalog Number 1956.043.0026
Other number AM 0442
Imagefile 051\1956.043.0026SIDE.JPG
Species Scraper, Snow