Bleacher's shovel

identifier

ID 626

morphology

craft

holotype

MOT V 2001.0197 L=199cm B=12cm G=1150gr
description

Wooden, long (approx. 2-2.15 m) gutter-shaped shovel with which the bleacher sprayed the linnen - which was spread out on the meadow - with water from the ditch. The combination of the sunlight, the grass on which the linnen was laid and the water made the gray linnen white in colour.

In Germany a copper spoon which somewhat resembles the liquid manure scoop, or a watering can was used for this purpose (1).

See also the mud scuppit. [MOT]

(1) "Die grosse Wäsche'': 161.