The plow was the major farm implement of the nineteenth century. A strong plow was needed to break up the soil to prepare for planting. This plow has an iron share and moldboard. The share is the sharp edge that cuts the soil, and the moldboard is the curved, metal part of the plow that turns over the soil. The beam and handles are made of wood. This is just one of many different styles of plows.
Plow, 1830-1835, Judd Plow Works, wood, iron, L:95 in. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Levi Yarter, F0092.1964.