raking is top of mind for many of us right now,
we thought we'd feature this beauty as the interesting
tool. It was commonly used for raking and turning
hay during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Though quite large — the handle is 6' long and
the head measures 27" — the rake is surprisingly
light. Our best guess is that it was made from
tines are each 3-1/2" long and spaced 1-1/2"
apart, making them particularly good for raking
newly mown grass or cured hay. Each tine can be
easily replaced if necessary.
The tool is marked with "The E.M. Alexander
Rake, XX Grade, Manufactured by Alexander &
Son, Sunapee, N.H.". Unfortunately, no information
on the company could be found.