Lee Valley Tools    Gardening Newsletter
   Vol. 5, Issue 4
   August 2010
   What Is It?

Curry combs, old and new

Originating in medieval times, the metal curry comb was once the main tool used to groom horses. From the Old French word correier, which means, "to prepare", the curry comb was designed to loosen dirt and hair. Today, a rubber or plastic version is probably more familiar to equestrians. In fact, by the time this tool was made, the rubber curry comb was probably the preferred choice.

Antique curry comb   Curry combs, old and new

Made of iron with a wooden handle, this example does not show any identifying marks. It's difficult to say exactly when it was made. Although the comb is in fair condition, the tool is missing some teeth and sports a coat of rust.

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