Toys, Farm Tools And The Rest

Froe      Exhibit 2

      This is another example of a froe. The blade of this froe measures thirteen and three-quarter inches in length from the handle to the tip. This froe, like the previous example, was made of wrought iron by a blacksmith. As can be seen in the photos, the metal was folded to form the 'thick' edge on which the mallet would be struck. A 'rat-tail' end of the blade was formed around the handle shape to form the hole in which the wooden handle could be inserted.
     This froe probably dates to the early 1800s.