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Re: St Andrews finds 1st December 2019
« Reply #30 on: December 15, 2019, 08:53:41 PM »
Just a wee comment on the harmonica type reeds that come up fairly frequently. I've always had the thought they came from the steam whistle on traction engines that were used for gang plowing. There was an engine on one side of the field and one on the opposite side. The multi furrow plough was attached to a cable which was operated by the belly drum and pulled across the field by the first engine. Once across the engines both moved forward and the plough was once again pulled across the field in the opposite direction by the second engine until the ploughing was completed. The whistle was used as a means of communication and due to being operated by hot steam the reeds wore out pretty quickly so they were changed and thrown away. The reeds we find never have more than three tangs but usually only two.
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