Flauchter spade

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from Dollar, Clackmannanshire

Postcard of Flauchter spade.
© National Museums Scotland

Flauchter spade

A flauchter spade is used to remove turf from the surface of peat deposits. This example, made by a joiner, is originally from the Haughs of Devon, near Dollar in Clackmannanshire and dates from around 1907.

The crescent-shaped blade makes cutting the turf easier.

In the Highlands and Islands, where it is abundant, peat is still cut and dried for use as fuel in the home.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-200-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  W.PF 64
Date: 1907
Around 1907
Dimensions: 51.50" L; blade 2.50" H x 10.25" W over socket; handle 25.50" W
What: Spade, turf / spade, flauchter
Subject: Peat and turf spades (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Clackmannanshire, Dollar
Scotland, Clackmannanshire, Dollar, Haughs of Devon
Description: Joiner-made turf spade or flauchter spade, originally from the haughs of Devon, Dollar, Clackmannanshire, about 1907
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