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Iron, wood
Agricultural implements and tools
Early twentieth century
Trowel with iron scoop and wooden handle (featured on the left). See 2001.001.002 for garden fork (featured on the right).
Label Text:
In the second half of the nineteenth century, new technologies and the increase in mass production coincided with the rise in popularity of gardening. This led to new and improved labor-saving tools for the farm and garden. Garden implements were made to appeal to the consumer’s desire for easy-to-use, versatile garden tools that were well-made and meant to last. While they were somewhat clumsier and more expensive, they were also more durable. These tools also became readily accessible due to improvements in transportation and communication in the 1800s. Tools and equipment could be bought via mail-order, and they could be delivered to any part of the country.
Garden trowels were small hand tools with a flat or scoop-shaped, pointed blade made of metal with a wooden or metal handle. It was used to break up soil, dig small holes, and lift plants and earth when planting, weeding, mixing fertilizers, and transferring plants to pots.
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Credit Line:
Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection.
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Horticultural Artifacts Collection
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Smithsonian Gardens