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Turned hardwood. 7.25 inches (18.5cms).
English. Late 20C. Hollow aluminium and beech. 10 inches L (26cms). 5 inches W (12.8cms).
English. Late 19C. 12 inches (30.2cms). A fine gentlemans Dibber made by Thomas Ibbotson & Co. The company founded in 1814 was taken over in 1905 by Marples.
English. 20C. Ash reused T-handle. 14 inches (35cms).
Steel tipped ash handle with side handle. 16 inches (40cms).
Steel and ash. 12 inches (31cms).
English. 19C. Hand forged steel and steel D-handle with original ash grip. Generally used in pairs while walking. 33 inches (83.5cms).
Steel tipped ash T-handle. Traces of red paint on steel. 9.5 inches (24.5cms).
English. 1931. All steel. Sold by Holtzapffel as ‘The “Dandee” Dibber’ for 1 shilling plus postage 3d. ‘Especially useful for weeding out rockeries and crazy paving’. Ref: Skeet & Jeffes. Garden & Estate Guide 1954.
English. 20C. Dandy Dibber.
American Bent wood. 20C. William Johnson, Newark. NJ. 11 inches (28cms).
English. C1900. Hydrangea Macropellata. Terracotta on steel stand.
C1950. English. Makers details have worn off but it is possible to read R—-OMP Made in U.K. Stamped on the metal is PATENTED but no number. Overall maximum length 460. The diameter of the dibber is 18 approx.
The handle linkage and cantilever action is made of flat steel strip. The hollow dibber is made from 18mm dia stainless steel tube. The assembly is held together with rivets. The handles are from ramin and recessed to take the metal handle straps and prevent them from turning – fixed with brass wood screws. Cleaned and polished with much of the original green paint finish remaining. Used but not abused.
It is important when growing leeks that the soil is light and not compacted. By using an ordinary solid dibber the soil is compressed round the hole – this tool is pushed in like a dibber but removes a plug of soil so that the seedling leek is still planted in loose soil. By operating the handles, the plug of soil is ejected from the tube and the tool is ready to make the next hole.
American. C1950. ‘The Garden Club’. Mid 20C American Kitsch.
English. Post 1926. Inscribed on blade ‘Christian and Dobbs Long Sutton Stainless Steel’. Stainless steel cantilevered blade and ash T handle. 13 inches (32cms) .
In 1926 when Christian and Dobbs opened their implement agency and build the potato railway in Sutton Bridge Lincolnshire to transport produce from Lighthouse farm to the local road.
English. 20C. Planting Spade by A & F Parkes. Birmingham. Little used example.
American. 20C. Planet Junior No.4. 2 Wheeled Seed Drill. Ref. Wm Wood & Co 1909 catalogue where it was described as ‘The famous ‘Planet, Junr, Hoe’. No 4 Planet Junr combined hill and drill seeder, wheel hoe, cultivator and plow. 2.5 quarts. Weight packed 47 pounds. Price in 1909 as Seeder was £4. It was also supplied with hoes only at £3.5.0.
English. 20C. Chase improved Seed Sower. Made in England. Blue plastic with lid
English. Early 20C. With spinning brush to wash seeds into the seeding tube
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English. 20C. Steel sprung seed release. ‘Gem seed sower.’
USA. Lightning Seed Sower. Tin funnel and white canvas, stamped: Original Lightning Seed Sower. Manufactured by Wm. M. Gronewold. Golden. Illinois.
British. 20C. Orange and green bakelite. ‘BEF product. British Made.’
Galvanised steel or Deal framed used in England early 1900’s. Superceded a sheet held over the arm and shoulder. Leather neck strap c1930 Other types were mechanised Also made in bent wood Ref AHT p10 Ref FT&T p22
Galvanised steel or Deal framed used in England early 1900’s. Superceded a sheet held over the arm and shoulder.
Wood and steel. Dia. 16 inches (40.5cms) x 3.75 inches (9.5cms).
Wood and perforated steel plate. 23.75 inches (60.2cms) x 5.5 inches (13.7cms).
Wood and steel. Dia. 12.5 inches (32cms) x 3.5 inches (9cms).
Wood and steel. Dia. 18 inches (46cms) x 3 inches (8cms).
‘Hago’ + ‘Des’ No.907588. Steel. Traces green paint. 13.25 inches Sq (33.6cms). 2.5 inches H (6.6cms).
Wood and steel. Dia. 22.5 inches (57 cms) x 3.5 inches (8.7cms).
Wood and steel. Dia. 18 inches (45.8cms) x 4 inches (10.5cms).
English. 20C. All metal. Dia. 20 inches (51cms) x 3.5 inches (9cms).
English. Mid 20C. Steel hollow pressed and perforated handle. Traces green paint. 11.25 inches (28.5cms) x 3 inches (7.5cms).
British. 20C. Strongbeam. Stainless steel and varnished hardwood. 2 bladed cross between trowel and hand fork. 9.75 inches (24.7cms) x 2.25 inches (5.9cms).
English. Mid 20C. Steel socketed blade stamped ‘Made in England’ with traces green paint. Mid length ash handle. 18.25 inches (46.2cms) x 3 inches (7.6cms).
British. Mid 20C. Graduated Planting Trowel. Ref: Calvert of Rickmansworth catalogue 1963. 12 inches (30cms).
English. Mid 20C. Die cast aluminium stamped ‘Bunny. Pat Appd For’. 10 inches (25.5cms) x 3 inches (7.6cms).
14 inches (35.5cms) x 3.25 inches (8.3cms).
Steel. 9.5 inches (24.3cms) x 2.5 inches (6cms).
11.5 inches (29.5cms) x 3.5 inches (8.8cms).
Polished aluminium. 9.25 inches (23.4cms) x 2.5 inches (6cms).
British. Strongbeam seedling trowel. Stainless Steel. 6.75 inches (17.2cms) x 0.75 inches (2.5cms).
Steel socketed blade and beech handle. 14.3 inches (36.5cms) x 3.3 inches (8.6cms).
English. Seedling Trowel. Marples & Sons Ltd. Sheffield. 10 inches (25.8cms) x 1.25 inches (3.3cms).
10.5 inches (26.5cms) x 3.75 inches (9.3cms).
English. Early 20C. Elwell. Ash and steel cantilevered blade. Stamped ‘Elwell 3071′. 11.75 inches (29.7cms) x 3 inches (7.5cms).
English. 20C. Prestige company. Seedling Trowel. Chromed blade stamped ‘Skyline Superchrome. England’ with chromed ferrule, beech handle. 10.25 inches (26.2cms) x 1.25 inches (3.2cms).
English. Early 20C. Steel cantilevered blade stamped ‘Robt Sorby. England’ + kangaroo logo and Maltese cross. Beech handle. 11 inches (28cms) x 3.5 inches (9cms).
English. Mid 20C. Steel with socket and ‘Elwell’ stamp. Beech handle. Traces blue paint. 13.5 inches (34.2cms) x 3.25 inches (8.3cms).
English. Steel with beech handle. 20C. Elwell. 13.25 inches (33.5cms) x 3 inches (7.7cms).
English. 20C. 10.75 inches (27cms) x 2 inches (5.3cms).
English. 20C. Pressed steel blade with traces of green paint and beech handle with hanging hole. 7.25 inches (18.5cms) x 2.75 inches (7cms).
Stainless and Mahogany graded in inches by Spear and Jackson. With Violet plastic sheath. 9 inches (23cms) x 1.3 inches (3.5cms).
English. Mid 20C. Planting Trowel. Steel blade stamped ‘Brades’ with socket. Ash handle. 12 inches (30.5cms) x 2.25 inches (5.6cms).
Bulb Trowel 19C Stamped ‘Barr’s Special Bulb Trowel’. Sought after collectors item these days.
Steel cantilevered blade with beech handle. 11.75 inches (29.8cms) x 3.5 inches (8.7cms).
English. 20C. ‘Masta Struk’ ‘Made in England’. Aluminium. 10.5 inches (27cms) x 2.75 inches (6.8cms).
Gardener’s World Magazine offer in black plastic and graduated blade. 10″