The pictures are very dark on my monitor, and I can't get a good look
at the hook end, but I think it's some sort of yoke hardware. A pole
is slipped through the ring and the load is attached to the hook.
Whether it's meant for two men or two oxen would depend on its size.
I could not find the picture I wanted to post but this one will do.
The small one in B&W. The horse's butt is in the South position. The tool
to be pulled is in the North position. The part depicted in the first post
in this thread is the metal part at the end (E & W) of the wooden stick.
The harness the horse is wearing is attached to the hooks at the end of the
stick. The big hook in the middle is attached to the item being pulled.
This illustration is a single tree. One horse doing all the work. A double
tree is just two of these in tandem using two horses,
It has been a long time since I have seen a horse pull a plow. :)
That's what I thought as soon as I saw it. They come in different
configurations, but the old round wooden singletrees had one of these at
each end. Brings back memories...
Here's a web page with one illustrated near the bottom.
It has been about 45 years since I have seen one. I agree that it is part
of a hitch whether from a single or not I can't really say.
In response to the poster of the very different style note that one was a
special one that allowed the horse to go forward or backward.
Looks like a pole hanger. Wooden pole goes through the cylindrical
hole, pot or bucket with bail hangs from the hook. Each end of the
pole carried by one person to share the load.
On Sun, 1 Oct 2006 10:34:50 -0400, "RBM" <rbm2(remove
My vote would be for a spreader. Similar to a singletree, but used
when butchering farm animals. The animals rear legs would go through
the loops and the pin would pierce between tendon and bone. Then the
spreader would raise the animal off the ground for butchering.
That is a distinct possibility. I only attended one butchering as child and
was sheltered from most of it. So I have never seen one up close.
Those darn cracklings were right tasty. I don't think I will ever forget
just how tasty fresh fried pig skin really was. Makes the stuff in the bag
taste like month old bread. :)
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