This site lists antique agricultural hand tools collected by P.C. Dorrington (e.g., chaff cutters, dibbers, flails, etc.) originating mainly from England, Wales and Scotland. Some other tools, mainly from the USA, sent-in by viewers of this website are also included.
Peter Charles Dorrington collected and restored over 750 antique farm tools between 1985 and 2001. Most of these tools were agricultural hand implements and fenland tools that were used in England, Wales and Scotland, dating from about 1600 to 1940, for example: “chaff cutters”, “flails”, scythes”, “dibbers” and “breast ploughs”. Photographs of roughly half of the tools that are still in the collection are included here. Information and notes on some of the tools are also included.
In pre-industrial societies, throughout the world, most people worked as agricultural labourers. Indeed many of the types of hand farm tools on this website might have been used by your own ancestors…
Detail from David Teniers The Younger’s , “The Chaff Cutter” 1610-1630
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