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Which fork to use?

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. offered a full line of forks, designed for the job at hand. The company shipped inventory from its warehouses to hardware stores nationwide. Shoppers could choose from six hay forks, six header forks, one baler press fork, one barley fork, two ensilage forks, 12 manure forks, four spading forks, one potato-digging fork, one potato scoop fork, one beet fork, one shaving fork, one cotton seed fork, a fork for cinders, ore or stone, one coke fork and one coal fork. Each was designed for a specific purpose.


Most farmers needed more than one fork, but on page 229 of the "Hib-Spe-Bar" catalog they could order No. 698, the "Farmer's Fork" with the D-handle, strap ferrule and eight 15-inch, blunt-ended oval tines. Most often, instead of selecting the most appropriate fork from the tool shed, a farmer would grab whatever fork was close at hand, using it for pitching, digging, stabbing, prying, hefting or poking.


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Author:Manning, Dan R.
Publication:Farm Collector
Date:Nov 1, 2016
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