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Object Name Plow, Ice
Date 1900-1930
Maker Gifford-Wood Co., sold by P.E. Kennahan
Material Iron/Steel/Wood
Used Litchfield Park (on Madeleine or Duck Lakes)
Description 8" ice plow with swing guide (b) and wooden case (c). Gifford-Wood Co. "The Ice King", for cutting blocks of ice, has two wooden handles and a long, narrow, iron body with six narrow (1/2") steel teeth in line; teeth are 8" high, front teeth are smaller. The last tooth is marked "The Ice King, Gifford-Wood Co." A horse hitch is mounted at the front. The swing guide (b), for marking uniform blocks, has an iron frame and two rectangular teeth. It swings from one side of the plow to the other, and locks in place. Both artifacts are painted orange-red overall, probably original. Teeth are painted black (not original). c) Wooden case for ice plow. Painted red with black stencilling on both sides. The blade slips into the wooden case, which fastens over the top of the blade by two leather straps with metal buckles. (For maker's marks, see Notes.) Used at Litchfield Park where there were several icehouses to be filled each winter. For description of ice harvest, see acc. folder.
Notes Reference: 1925 Gifford-Wood Co. Catalog No. 1026N, p. 28-29.
Early Date: 1915 Gifford-Wood Co. catalog, p. 124 states "The "Ice King"...was introduced by us some years ago..."
Markings: on last tooth "The Ice King, Gifford-Wood Company", on left handle- "P.E. Kennahan Son and Co. Brasherfalls, N.Y." On case: "8 in. Gifford-Wood Co. Ice Mach'y, Hudson N.Y., Ice Tools, Arlington, Mass." and "The Ice King."
Used at Litchfield Park where there were several icehouses to be filled each winter.
Dimensions H-41.5 W-28 L-86 inches
Collection CIIH010 Ice Harvesting
Catalog Number 1957.117.0004a-c
Other number D1970.092.0053 (c)
Imagefile 051\1957.117.0004.JPG
Species Plow, Ice
Owned by Litchfield, Edward H./Litchfield, Edward S.