A few nice bronze machining china images I found:
Image from page 92 of “The book of wheat : an economic history and practical manual of the wheat industry” (1908)
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Title: The book of wheat : an economic history and practical manual of the wheat industry
Year: 1908 (1900s)
Authors: Dondlinger, Peter Tracy, b. 1877
Publisher: New York : O. Judd
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation
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cry, and thewheat grower who sacks his thousands of bushels of wheat fromover 100 acres in a single day has little conception of theamount of painful study and experimentation, and of the nu-merous inventions it has required to evolve from the ancientsickle the perfected machine with which he so easily gathersliis grain. The Sickle.—Flint implements resembling a rude form ofsickle or reaping hook are found among the remains of thelater stone age in Eui-ope. The remains of the early Europeanhabitations contain bronze sickles. The earliest records ofEgypt contain accounts of reaping by means of crudely con-structed implements similar to the modern sickle in form. Hunt. Cereals in America (1904), p. 103. HARVESTING 79 Greece, receiving the art of agriculture as a heritage fromEgypt, had simihir forms, as did also the Jewish nation. Sinceancient times, the Chinese and Japanese have reaped with animplement resembling the sickle. All sickles were used with one hand only. The grain was not
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DIFFERENT FORMS OP EARLY SICKLES AND SCYTHES As lettered above: a. Egyptian sickle; h. sickle of the middle ages; /.smooth-edged sickle; c. toothed sickle; d. early form of scythe; e. Hainaultscythe and hook. always bound in sheaves. One man could bind what six reaperscut, using * corn for binding. A reaper cut an average of oneacre per day.^ Brewer, however, states that in England in 1844seven persons usually cut one to one and one-half acres in tenhours. Besides being still widely used in China and Japan, thesickle is also a common imj^lement among the Russian peasants,and in Sicily. The first wheat raised in the Red river valley inAmerica was cut with sickles and bound with willow withes bywomen and children. The Scythes and Cradles are all used with both hands. Theyevolved from tlie sickle and form the second class of reapingappliances. The Hainault scythe, a Flemish implement, was aform intermediate between the sickle and scythe. It had a wideblade about 2 feet long. The handle,
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