Sickler's Hand Guard

Scottish, 18th/19th c.

Sycamore. Nothing rude about this gesture! This rare harvest tool was worn on the left hand of a man using a sickle to harvest barley or oats. It held the stalks up, making them easier to cut while ensuring that none of his fingers joined them on the ground! The three finger holes are perfectly sized for the middle finger, ring finger and pinkie. We're sure the medieval sickler shown here would have liked one on his left hand. One old, stable age-crack, otherwise good original condition.

10" cuff to tip, middle "finger" rises 5-1/2".

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