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British. Late 20C.
Turned hardwood. 7.25 inches (18.5cms).
English. 20C. Kent UK. 12 inches (30.5cms).
The dibber was first recorded in Roman times and has remained mostly unchanged since. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, farmers would use long-handled dibbers of metal or wood to plant crops. One man would walk with a dibber making holes, and a second man would plant seeds in each hole and fill it in. It was not until the Renaissance that dibbers became a manufactured item, some made of iron for penetrating harder soils and clay.
English. Early 20C. Ash D-handled large scale dibber with heavy steel tip stamped ‘Spear & Jackson. Sheffield. 14 inches (36cms).
Circa 1900. 2 Prong Seed Bed Dibber for planting in shallow lines. Pine wood. 21.3 inches (54cms).
English. Early 20C. Steel tip on ash. Metal D-handle with ash grip. 12 inches (30.5cms).
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. Mid 20C. All ash with re-used pegged T-handle. 13.5 inches (34.5cms).
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. 20C. Oak with T-grip and steel step. L 41 inches (104cms) x W 9.5 inches (24cms).
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. 10.4 inches (26.3cms).
English. 20C. Dandy Dibber. Steel tubular blade and ash handle. 10.75 inches (27.5cms) x 1.25 inches (3.5cms).
Hollow tubular construction in pressed steel with planting hole in which to funnel seed/bulb. Traces black paint. 9 inches (23cms). x 3.25 inches (8.5cms).
Tubular steel blade and beech handle. Traces green paint. 8 inches (20.3cms) x 1.25 inches (2.9cms).
French. Circa 1900. Hollow steel Dibber. Style of construction followed by later models in France. 11.7 inches (27cms).
English. 20C. Ash and steel with D-handle. 16.5 inches (42cms).
English. Early 20C. Spear & Jackson steel tip stamped ‘SJ in logo. England’. 14 inches (36cms).
English. Late 20C. Yellow plastic. 5.5 inches (14cms).
English. Late 20C. 2 Dibbers. White and brown moulded plastic. The ‘Jiffy Pot’ Dibber. 6.5 inches (17cms).
English. 20C. Dibber with round tipped steel tip and ash T-handle. 10 inches (25.5cms).
English. Mid 20C. Steel tipped ash pegged t-handle. Stamped ‘Brades. Made in England’. 12.5 inches (32cms).
English. Mid 20C. Turned beech T-grip with spiral carving. Steel tip. Traces brown varnish. 12.5 inches (31.5cms) x 4.5 inches (11.3cms).
Pine T-handle. 2 screws. 17 inches (43.5cms).
2 part angled construction in mahogany. Handle screwed on to stem by cross screws. Tip steel fixed by screw. 16.75 inches (42.5cms).
English. C1900. Steel with ash insert in D-handle. 11.5 inches (29.5cms).
20C. 2 sections steel tube welded at angle to form handle and point. 1″ Dia. L 16.7 inches (42.3cms).
American Bent wood. 20C. William Johnson, Newark. NJ. 11 inches (28cms).
English. Early 20C. Potato Dibber. Pine wood with metal strapped foot step, metal strapped T-handle and conical steel tip. Traces orange paint. 37.5 inches (95.5cms).
English. Early 20C. Stamped ‘Barr’s Bulb Dibber’. Heavy conical steel tip with ornate graduations and tread rod. Ash handle with ash T-grip stamped ‘JHS’ and ‘TDS-S’. 34 inches (86.5cms).
French. Early 20C. Hollow tubular steel throughout. Traces green paint. 11.5 inches (29cms) x 5 inches (12.5cms).
English. Early 20C. All steel D-handle and ash point. 10.4 inches (26.5cms).
English. 20C. Weathered bentwood. Well used. 12 inches (30.5cms) x 5.5 inches (14cms).
Cantilevered construction with inset pine wood step and ash handle inserted in loop in stem.
English. Victorian. Steel tip suitable for parsnips. Fine D-handle. L 17.8 inches (45.5cms) x W 3.5 inches (9cms).
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. Box L 12 inches (30.5cms) x W 6.3 inches (16cms) x H 2.5 inches (6.4cms).
English. c1900. Wrought steel head. Bentwood handle. 14.5 inches (37cms).
English. c1900. Diamond shaped wrought steel blade with ash bentwood handle. 19.5 inches (49.5cms).
English. C1900. Wrought steel with D-handle and wooden grip. 12.75 inches (32.5cms).
English. C1900. Steel head and socket. Stubby beech T-handle. 11.5 inches (28.5cms).
English. C1900. Wrought steel head and shaft with D-handle and ash grip.11.75 inches (29.8cms).
English. C1900. Steel blade with long socket. Ash T-handle. 18.2 inches (46cms).
English. C1900. Steel blade with ash bentwood handle. 13.5 inches (34.4cms).
Steel blade with open socket. Short ash T-handle. 13.25 inches (33.6cms).
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. Steel blade part red painted. Oak handle with manufactured angled join. Stamped on paper label. Little used example. 13.5 inches (34.4cms).
Steel blade and socket with 1 rivet. Ash T-handle. Stamped ‘DS and *F’. 12.5 inches (32.5cms).
English. C1900. Long slender wrought iron blade and socket. Mid length tapered ash handle. i rivet. 19.6 inches (50cms).
English. C1900. Long steel blade with socket double riveted to bentwood elm or yew handle. 14.75 inches (37.5cms).
English. Late 19C. Wrought iron socketed blade and ash T-handle. 15.3 inches (39cms).
English mid 20C. Boxed Sweet Pea Counter. The ‘Blamac’ new and improved model of The ‘Elliott’ Sweet Pea Counter. Box bears green tape sticker of seller ‘R H Land Ltd. The Garden Shop. Harrogate. Manufactured and stamped by Blake & Mackenzie Ltd. Liverpool. Highly chromed steel with 50 holes and matching diaphragm underneath holed plate riddled by spring loaded lever to allow seeds to drop into body and then poured via handle which doubles as long spout. Box 12 inches (30.5cms). Counter 11 inches (28cms).
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. 61 inches (155cms).
Brass Handle and blade. 5.5 inches (13.5cms).
English. 20C. Pine channel and handle. 9.2 inches (23cms).
English. 20C. Chase improved Seed Sower. Made in England. Blue plastic with lid. 3.3 inches (8.5cms).
English. Early 20C. With spinning brush in plastic container to wash seeds into the metal funnel. Pitch pine with hanging hole and cord. Faded instructions in red on stem. 27.75 inches (70.5cms).
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Brass container with screw cap to adjust hole size and hood to funnel seeds. 4.5 inches (11.5cms).
English. 20C. Steel sprung seed release. ‘Gem Seed Sower’. 5.2 inches (13cms) x 3.7 inches (9.3cms).
USA. Lightning Seed Sower. Tin funnel and white canvas, stamped: Original Lightning Seed Sower. Manufactured by Wm. M. Gronewold. Golden. Illinois. L (funnel) 20 inches (51cms).
British. 20C. Orange and green bakelite. ‘BEF product. British Made.’ 5 inches (12.7cms).
French. Early 20C. Steel Seed Sower with directional ‘spout’ and sliding cover stamped ‘Semoir. Chicane. Brevette SGDG Fabrique en France’. Inside are 5 internal chambers with a quarter circle removed from the bottom corners of 4 of the vertical partitions so forming a ‘seed chicane’ to slow progress. The front partition has a central semicircular hole. 5 inches (12.8cms).
English. C1950. The ‘So-Easy’ Seed Sower . Stamped ‘Made in England. Pat No 512036 and underneath ‘A Btitish Plasticon Product’. Translucent green plastic with yellow plastic topped metal opening screw. Dia 2.3 inches (5.6cms). With original cardboard box. Ref: Skeet & Jeffes Ltd Woking Garden Estate Guide 1954. 2 Shillings and 6 pence.
English. 19C. Copper brass and steel. Conical copper funnel tinned on interior. Sprung brass lever with steel rod plunging into small aperture to release seed. Beech handle. Torn oval brass plate on funnel stamped ‘J P Jackson ** Patent Liverpool. Possibly Englishman John Perkins Jackson 1886? L 8 inches (20cms) x W 5 inches (13cms) x H 7.75 inches (20cms).
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).
20C. Beech frame and perforated steel membrane. 19.5 inches (50cms).
English. Mid 20C. Steel hollow pressed and perforated handle. Traces green paint. 11.25 inches (28.5cms) x 3 inches (7.5cms).
American. 20C. Novel ‘Planting Scoop’. Stainless steel blade stamped ‘Potting Scoop. Stainless Steel. Garden Works. Bellevue. WA. USA.Patents 6765648/5960891. Seed dispensers’. Beech handle. Traces cracked yellow paint. 10.25 inches (26cms).
English. Mid 20C. Stainless steel alloy blade cantilevered into hardwood handle. Stamped ‘Spear & Jackson. 18/8 Stainless Alloy. Made in Sheffield. England’. 9.5 inches (24.3cms).
English. 20C. All steel. 10.25 inches (26cms).
English. 20C. Seedling Trowel in stainless steel with beech handle. 9.4 inches (23.7cms).
English. Early 20C. Flat edged steel blade welded and riveted to cantilevered stem. Steel ferrule and ash handle. 12 inches (30.5cms).
English. Early 20C. Short battered steel blade and curious possibly later treen ash handle. Blade stamped ‘Made in England. No.171’. 9.6 inches (24.3cms).
English. C20C. Fern or weeding spatula. Steel blade engraved on reverse ' Burgon & Ball Ltd. Sheffield'. Beech handle. 12.2 inches (321cms).
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English. Early 20C. Narrow steel blade with cantilevered stem. Stamped 'C T Skelton & Co Sheffield. Made in England'. Dark beech handle. 10.3 inches (26cms).
English. 20C. Wide steel blade with trace red paint stamped 'Jos Tyzack & Son' and 'Sheffield. England'. Cantilevered stem and beech handle. 10.4 inches (26.5cms).
English. 20C. Steel blade on cantilevered stem and ash handle. Stamped ‘Brades 645 Solid Steel’. 11.4 inches (29cms).
English. Mid 20C. Steel blade and socket stamped ‘C T Skelton. Sheffield. Made in England’. Ash handle. 13 inches (33cms).
English. Mid to late 20C. Wide stainless steel blade stamped ‘Strongbeam. Stainless-Inox England’. Beech handle with thumb grip. Came with matching 2 pronged Fork. See Hand Fork AAX. 9.5 inches (24cms).
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).
English. 20C. Steel triangular blade stamped ‘Brades. Nash. Tyzack. Made in England. 089’. Traces red paint. Beech handle. 10.5 inches (26.8cms) x 2.25 inches (5.8cms).
English. C1900. Brades Criterion brand. Steel with socketed ash handle. Trowel planting was described by John Claudius Loudon in his Encyclopaedia of gardening in 1822 although in the low countries, bulb planting was being performed since 1630. In 1633 Giovanni Baptista Ferrari’s De Florum Cultura illustrated a long-handled Trowel. 14 inches (35cms).
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).
Heart shaped steel blade and hollow handle. Traces orange paint. 11.4 inches (28.6cms).
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).
Polished steel with V-shaped blade and ribbed black rubber handle cover. 10 inches (25.4cms).
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).
English. Mid 20C. Pressed steel blade with traces black paint. Stamped ‘Inches’ with inch measurements. Beech handle and steel bezel. 11 inches (27.7cms) x 2 inches (5.2cms).
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 Co’ 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. 10.6 inches (27cms).
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).
English. Mid 20C. Small seedling Trowel with V-shape steel blade and ash handle. 7.2 inches (18cms).
English. Late 20C. Gardener’s World Magazine offer in black plastic and graduated blade. 10.5 inches (26.7cms).
French. Mid 20C. Steel rod with forked gouge end. Chestnut handle and tang. 16.3 inches (41.3cms).